GOOGLE allegedly admitted to listening to conversations recorded by Google Assistant even without a user’s “Hey Google” trigger.
The tech giant made the admission during a closed-door meeting with Indian government officials, according to a report, though Google has attempted to clarify the claims.
Sources also told IndiaToday the company admitted that its AI assistant will at times record audio on a smartphone or smart speaker even when it hasn’t been summoned.
Google clarified how the assistant system works in a statement to Android Authority.
“In standby mode, the device processes short snippets of audio (a few seconds) to detect an activation — like when you say, ‘Hey Google.’
“If no activation is detected, then those audio snippets won’t be sent or saved to Google.”