Google Assistant no longer stores recordings of user’s voices by default, Google announced today. VentureBeat reached out to Google for clarification on when it changed its policy to store voice recordings.
Now people who interact with Google Assistant will have to opt-in with the new Voice & Audio Activity (VAA) program when setting up their Google Assistant to have their voice recorded or reviewed by humans. That data can be used to improve Google Assistant’s conversational AI or Google’s ability to recognize a person’s voice. Existing Voice Match users will be prompted to reconfirm they want their recordings stored by Google.
Google Assistant users will also soon be given the option to reduce the sensitivity of the AI assistant’s response to the “Hey Google” command.