Ok - I'm pretty tech savvy as you know. However, I got a genuine shock today when I was looking at my privacy settings for my google account.
I stumbled upon the Google My Activity Page which conveniently listed ALL of my speech to text dictations that I had done on my phone. Yes, that's right. Every time I tapped on that little microphone to dictate a text message, or I said OK Google, it was recorded and transcribed and conveniently listed on this page.
AAAAAGGGGGHHHHH!!! I knew that this information was stored somewhere of course, but I didn't realize how easy it was to get to!
This also means that if anyone hacks my account, or if I give my google login information to anyone, they can easily listen to all of my voice dictation and see any of the following (unless I've deactivated these settings).
- Web & App Activity
- Location History
- Device Information
- Voice & Audio Activity
- YouTube Search History
- YouTube Watch History
1. View the activity that's being recorded on your account by going to https://myactivity.google.com
2. You can control what is being collected on the Activity Controls page.
3. Here are some more helpful articles from Google on controlling your content.
Now I'm sure Google isn't trying to do anything sinister. I'm sure we all opted in to this service when we signed up, and they consider it a benefit. However, it's important to make sure we all take control of our information in the cloud.
Google safely my friends!
Here's a link to a ZD Net article that explains more: http://www.zdnet.com/article/googles-new-my-activity-page-now-displays-your-whole-online-life/