Exclusive: Your personal information goes to the company as soon as you say ‘OK Google’, Parliamentary Committee on Privacy surrounded

The Google team admitted that sometimes even when users are not using the virtual assistant, their conversations are recorded. On behalf of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY), a senior official has said that the government is looking into the matter that a company like Google does not delete the deposited data. Unless the user deletes it himself.

In a meeting related to data privacy and security, a big thing has been said from Google. According to sources, it has been told that Google employees can also listen to that recording when Google Assistant is asked or talked about by ‘Ok Google’. This information has been given by Google to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology.

The committee headed by Shashi Tharoor has considered it a serious breach of user’s privacy. On this, the committee will soon prepare a report and give some further suggestions to the government. Panel sources have said that Google admitted that when users start Google Assistant and say ‘Ok, Google’, it can be heard by their employees.

Let us tell you that in 2019, Google Product Manager (Search) David Monsi also admitted in a blog that his language experts listen to the recording so that the Google Speech service can be made better.

BJP MP asked question to Google

In the meeting, a question related to this was asked from Google on behalf of BJP MP from Jharkhand Nishikant Dubey. On this, the Google team admitted that sometimes even when users do not use the virtual assistant, their conversations are recorded.

It was further clarified by Google that sensitive information is not heard here, only normal conversation is recorded. However, it was not clear from Google how it differentiates between the two.

The members present in the meeting also surrounded Google. One said that after accepting Google, it is understood that after asking about hotels etc. on Google Assistant, millions of users start getting messages of deals and offers. At the same time, another member said that Google in its terms states that conversations with Google Smart Speakers and Google Assistant are recorded. But it was not told that those recordings could be heard by his employees.

On behalf of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY), a senior official has said that the government is looking into the matter that a company like Google does not delete the deposited data. Unless the user deletes it himself. According to the information received, Aman Jain (Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy) and Legal Director Geetanjali Duggal attended the meeting on behalf of Google.

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