Google voice assistant gets privacy-friendly mode

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Google’s voice assistant gets a privacy-friendly mode, where questions to the assistant are not saved. That makes Google Thursday announced.

Google refers to the new option as a special guest mode, which can be activated with a voice command. After this, none of the questions asked will be recorded in a list, until guest mode is turned off again.

With this, Google offers a privacy-friendly option for its voice assistant, comparable to, for example, the incognito mode in the Chrome web browser. It was already possible to manually delete questions from the Google archive.

When using guest mode, the Google Assistant also does not have access to user-specific information, such as set calendars. This prevents others from being able to steal private data via the voice assistant.

According to Google, the new feature will be made available sometime in the coming weeks.

The search giant will also raise the alarm in all its apps if a user’s account has a security problem. The account symbol in all apps will then pulse red. This should encourage users to change their password, for example.



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