|Google launches new features for Google Assistant to address privacy concerns / Credits: opturadesign via 123RF|
Voice assistants, particularly Google Assistant, are facing privacy issues as many users claim that their private conversations are being recorded. This concern has affected millions of people since the Assistant is inside an estimated one billion devices, including Android smartphones, countless brands of smart home speakers, and TV sets based on the Android OS. Another allegation against it is that it can activate when it mishears a similar string of words.
This kind of problem is what consumers usually complain about. A report showed that more than a quarter of smart speaker users have a false wake-up at least once a day due to Google Assistant’s wrong pick-up of voice.
To address this issue, Google has launched new commands in hopes of correcting those charges. One of its new features is a privacy tool to make your Google Home or other Google Assistant-enabled smart device disregard what you said. According to Voicebot.ai, an online site that provides news, market analysis, and interviews related to voice assistants and artificial intelligence, users can say, “Hey Google, that wasn’t for you” when you said something that’s not addressed to it. It will then erase the most recent audio it picked up.
Then there is the command, “Hey Google, are you saving my audio data?” which aims to educate the user about their current privacy settings and what they mean.
Aside from these privacy commands, Google has also launched the Scheduled Actions. According to Mobile Marketer, an online site that provides in-depth journalism covering impactful news and trends shaping mobile marketing and advertising, it lets people set their smart home electronics like coffee makers, lighting, and thermostats. With this new feature, users will be able to say, “Hey, Google, start the coffeemaker at 6 a.m.,” “Hey, Google, turn off the TV at 9 p.m.,” or “Hey, Google, turn on the robot vacuum cleaner at 3 p.m.”