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How to Stop Giving Google Permission to Listen to Your Conversations

by Roveen Anyango
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We are all aware that our privacy is becoming much less and less ‘private’ in the increasingly digitalization of our world. As long as you are on the internet, no matter what kind of privacy browser you use, your data is out there in the vast virtual world of the internet somewhere.

However, Google, one of the biggest tech companies out there, can sometimes take it a step further and even begin to listen in on your conversations. Yes, the company that owns your favorite search engine might be eavesdropping on your conversations. That is such a scary thing to think about.

So, how, then do you stop letting them have access to your conversations like that? Well, here is how:

  1. First, go to Google as if you are going to search for something.
  2. Then, on the top right, click on that icon for your Google account. Once open, click on Manage Your Google Account.
  3. Once you click on it, click on Data & Privacy.
  4. Scroll down until you see Web & App Activity. Click on it, and it will expand to reveal web activities from your account on Google services.
  5. Uncheck on the area that says Include voice and audio activity.
  6. Also, uncheck the area that says Include Chrome history and activity from sites, apps, and device activities.
  7. Then, lastly, at the very bottom of the same page, select Delete activity older than 18 months. This will clear all the history that Google has on you that is older than 18 months.

There you have it. You have limited Google access to your daily conversations. This way, you do not need to worry about them having access to your daily conversations. Privacy in the current tech age is still important, and thus, take any precaution you can to protect it.

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