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Google is Quietly Recording Everything You Say — Here’s How to Hear It, Delete It, and Stop It


Thanks to a function of their search software, Google could have years worth of your conversations recorded, and you can hear it for yourself. Your cringe-worthy history can be heard and viewed along with a list of all your searches, at your personal Google history page.

The feature was built into Google’s search function as a means of delivering accurate search results. However, the sheer accuracy and amount of data Google stores is chilling.

The good news is that you can turn it off and delete it, and at the end of this article, we will show you how.

As the Independent reports:

The recordings can function as a kind of diary, reminding you of the various places and situations that you and your phone have been in. But it’s also a reminder of just how much information is collected about you, and how intimate that information can be.

You’ll see more if you’ve an Android phone, which can be activated at any time just by saying “OK, Google”. But you may well also have recordings on there whatever devices you’ve interacted with Google using.

However, even if you don’t have an Android phone and conduct Google searches on iDevices, Google is still listening.

When visiting your personal history page that the web giant keeps on you, it will show you everywhere Google has a record of you being on the internet.

Of course, Google claims that this information is never personally used against you and is done solely for the purpose of enlightening your experience on the web. However, imagine the ominous implications if this information was being used against you.

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Google now processes over 40,000 search queries every second on average, which translates to over 3.5 billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide.

The data from these searches is then stored on each individual who conducts them. Using this data or steering results in a particular direction, the internet behemoth could effectively influence the entire world. Aside from influence, Google could predict the future based on trends.

Much of this search history is tied location data retrieved from the device being used to conduct the query. So, not only does the search engine have information on what your interests are, it has you specific interests based on where you are at any given moment.

Google’s motto of Don’t Be Evil now seems like less like a request for its users and more like a way of keeping themselves in check.

Now for the good news — you can turn all of this off.

You can start this eye-opening journey by heading to Google’s history page and looking at the long list of recordings. The company has a specific audio page as well as their record of where you’ve been on the internet.

If you’ve never disabled the feature, you will see a list of audio recordings, even some done outside of the Google app, as well as a transcript of the audio Google has converted to text.

What we recommend, after you further panic by listening to or scrolling through Google’s creepy recordings of your search history, is to delete them all and disable the functions.

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The Independent explains just how to do this:

To delete particular files, you can click the check box on the left and then move back to the top of the page and select “delete”. To get rid of everything, you can press the “More” button, select “Delete options” and then “Advanced” and click through.

The easiest way to stop Google recording everything is to turn off the virtual assistant and never to use voice search. But that solution also gets at the central problem of much privacy and data use today – doing so cuts off one of the most useful things about having an Android phone or using Google search.

Now that you know this exists quit voluntarily handing over your data to unknown parties and share this article with your friends and family to show them how to stop it as well.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world.
  • Brett

    That made 0 sense, as usual. I call bullshit

    • penis

      It’s reddit, what did you expect? LOL

    • Adam Drago

      It is absolutely not bullshit. I’ve been to my audio page and listened to the shit that’s been recorded. It’s 100% true.

      • taitaisanchez

        Do you use the Google voice assistant? Do you have voice search turned on?

        • Adam Drago

          I used to. I don’t any more for that reason. I went and listened to the stuff Google was recording and find it actually recorded stuff when i wasn’t using the voice activated search.

          • taitaisanchez

            now that is creepy as fuck 🙁

  • Black Knigth

    I stop search history and delete it, years ago, and I turn of the microphone feature in chrome.

  • Mac Heath

    The only thing I’d be worried about is people finding out how fucking boring I am.

    • DD Dillard

      ….no shit.

    • I think you’re beautiful, @disqus_PW2zZGulLu:disqus …

    • Tobias J

      Security through boredom. I don’t think so. There is something wrong about this thinking.

    • KC Jones

      Ditto. My entire ‘history’ there is utterly vanilla. “What’s the weather tomorrow?” and similarly-shocking things.

    • bkungl

      I now use duckduckgo,com. They don’t track their users.

    • pete phillips

      That’s weak. The only thing you should be worried about this how you’re giving your rights away and you’re totally fine with the fact that the government is breaking the law and spying on you via proxy. all those people that say “well I have nothing to worry about cuz I’m not doing anything wrong” is nonsense. You think the Nazis just started collecting data and nothing bad came from it? How about the KGB? Think they were just looking to gather data to better Target their advertisement?

      Wake up people.. and put a tiny piece of tape or Band-Aid over your front facing cameras.

  • Heretix89

    Haha, no audiofiles at all from my account. i only found my search history, but the speech-history is all empty. 😛

  • Maurice Dutton

    How the Feds roll is that there is too much meta data for them to filter so they have an understanding with all the big ISP’s that work some type of mathematical algorithm and if you are tagged for whatever reason, then you are then onset to NSA. FBI, DEA or even CIA for evaluation. Then they have a dirty tricks department that they use to try and discredit you.
    Some time ago, I was notified by a colleague at Norton that I was put on a comma its watch list for outing a fed that was making smart arse comments about my stand on drug law reform. He probably did it just because he had the power. Then Google mailed me that the government wanted them to take my site down. The fed did for a while but all thanks to google they kept putting it back up. Now you can’t blame the internet service providers as the money is too good and the fed would just shit fight em at every turn. But microsoft just buckle so bad that even when a colleague sent me articles with any drug word in them I could not access the academic papers. Microsoft are so far up the governments proverbial they should have some type of marriage. I fully support Google as the feds started posting all my comment on line to have me attacked relentless and then when it backfired they tried to take it all down. So it is very true and if you look at my site it is very moderate and pretty boring I would say.

    • gellero

      Keep searching for a “suitcase fusion device”………hehehehe….. 😉

      • Maurice Dutton

        I though you brought one back with you from England. Ha ha. No seriously when he put me on the watch list it was a very invasive time in my life and all I did was call him dopey which is being nice to feds or cops .

      • Maurice Dutton

        What happened to my reply about you bringing one back from England ??
        No seriously they hassle the shutout of me (1) because they make the American public paranoid with all this anti terror shit & (2) thats gives individual law enforcement Nazis the power to play with your lives as if you piss them off as when I called him out as Dopey (his words turned around) he put me on some watch list. If I am on one there will be others as I am a moderate. cheers

    • Maurice Dutton

      For my money I would say its the FBI as they took down my muppets fuck the police by ICE CUBE but if they keep denying me free speech ( and I am a moderate ) I will put it back up on the front page. Weird how one has to post in public when they prefer privacy.

    • Sandra

      Maurice, google has already been sued for $7 billion dollars for not doing the right thing.

      • Maurice Dutton

        Dont suppose you are in Far North Queensland. Can we discuss this over coffee ??

        • Sandra

          sorry Im not in Queensland.

          • Maurice Dutton

            Well I will be at the MCG for the test if thats any closer.

  • Dwayne T. McAuley

    OK you lost me on where I can find these recordings, there is no check mark where you say it is.

    • Maurice Dutton

      If you go to the main article and click on the link it will take you there but as ishibrad said, if you just look at porn whats the big deal ? I would not get too hot under the collar unless you had a patent you were working on then you would have to be careful. My engineer mate was working on a patent for something I just forgot about but whoever it was dug around to get at it. Ever heard of DemDex ? Look them up at your peril. They are data miners for the feds. They work exclusively for government agencies.

      • Bob Loblaw

        Ever heard the phrase “ANYTHING you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.”? Well, it can be used on you outside of a court as well. It doesn’t matter who it is, or what the data says.

        It could say you’re into redheads and you might not think that threatens your security but it does. Don’t believe me? What if they decide guys into redheads are undesirable like they did Jews in Germany? In Germany it was Jews, but it could be anything today- they could lump you into a group that doesn’t yet exist. If they decide redhead lovers are the enemy that becomes a real problem when they know you talk to redheads and what you say to them. But not only do they have that, they have your GPS records and facial recognition that can spot you with a redhead in a photo among other technologies to track you. This technology and data it gathers is a threat to everyone’s personal security no matter how non-threatening it may seem.

        • Maurice Dutton

          I totally agree. There are authorities that use profiling of all sorts from psychological to physical to eye mapping and so it will just get worse. They have algorithms, they use all sorts of stuff and probably where you internet shop etc.But complacency is bigger threat. people say all i do is this or that and so what. Well what they do within reason is nobodies business. Unless you pose a deliberate threat to some one your lifestyle choices should be your own.
          Footnote:- when I finally got my internet working again and other things fixed I gave the ambassador (I am in australia) my word I would not divulge how the government has been spying on me for two reasons. I am ethical and try and keep my word and also I don’t want to help any terrorist wanker who might get ideas. So as long as they keep their word I will mine but considering I has broken no law, their response was over the top, very costly to my consultancy and unwarranted. I consider myself a moderate.

          • Maurice Dutton

            Which the Australian authorities did not. Never trust a cop ever !!

    • Maurice Dutton

      ITs in red and it will take you to where your settings are. Good luck M.

  • ishiibrad

    Wow, google knows I look at porn…….News flash ! Everybody knows I look at porn !

    • David Shelton

      Google knows EVERYONE looks at porn! HA!

    • Kristians Zviedris

      Porn is Nr 1 in search 😀

    • John Seychel

      The internet is the porn people look at these days, put print basically out of business.

    • well, Google is the one guilty of SHOWING the porn, lol

    • Anthony Wrenn

      Bing actually excels at porn. I heard.

  • Borismcbin

    How to stop it? I don’t even need to read the article. Every computer, phone, etc. is equipped with a Google stopping device. It is called the off button.

    • Patrick Goudriaan

      The off button is not the end of any modern Phone activity, only a dead battery is the end .

    • Maurice Dutton

      I would not trust that at all. they would have the yech savvy to send a signal to listen even without you knowing or showing.

      • Freakydee

        Smart TV’s know

        • Mough_Dyver

          yes…it’s called the SIM card.

    • Maurice Dutton

      they can turn them one without you knowing about it . Thats why I have an older mobile phone I take the battery out when feeling paranoid.

  • endlessgrowthdoom

    and of course in the illusion of choice, apple has the same for all its 30% markup i-tards as well. btw when is google location recorded? bc my locations, shown to me at least, are random and scattered, especially when driving

  • David Baker

    Only closets and pedos would be upset about this.

    • Robot Panda

      Just waiting until the database inevitably gets hacked and people’s private conversations and search histories get taken out of context. Hey, what’s this he searched Jimmy Rebel “Nigger hatin me” oh he clearly must be a racist.

    • Mister Smith

      Of which you are clearly both, so watch out!

      • David Baker

        That’s a real knee slapper. You’re so funny

  • Robot Panda

    The comments below is why humanity is doomed. People are okay with a private corporation eavesdropping on them. You guys have been domesticated. Be good cattle now.

    • Mister Smith

      Moooo!!! Moooo!!! Moooo!!!

    • ︻┳テ=一 Lying Left Useful Idiots

      Citizen Public = Idiots you could even say they are Useful Idiots.

    • GuestAsWell

      ^ this

    • jamie

      It’s not “eavesdropping” if you’re willingly letting them record you.

      • C.Parker

        so if they have no idea my cock is in their ass, it’s not rape?

        • Tony Muhammad

          Judging from your comment someone definitely needs to watch you at all times!

        • Yenski

          This is in no way similar. A better way to say it would be, “It’s not rape if you were consenting and willing.”

          • secretdraft

            False equivalency, Yenski.

          • Yenski

            Not a false equivalency at all. Google isn’t eavesdropping if you click on the box that says you consent. You are allowing them into the conversation. If you didn’t READ the agreement, then that’s on you.

      • JoseCuervo

        its not willingly if you did not know they were recording you genius

        • Askjrsk

          Oh do you’re the genius right. HILLARY whore troll.

      • Craig Gillan

        I give up

    • Lex

      “They may be cattle, but they’re OUR cattle!” — Google

      *emotional sniff sniff*

      • Sandra

        Cattle do not sniff sniff!!! they go moo!!! moo!! and their poo’s are sloopy

    • agreed.

    • Adyel Ullahil Mamun

      Government already knows everything. So now go live in a jungle

  • Rev. Walking Turtle

    12 hours ago

    “How to stop it? I don’t even need to read the article. Every computer, phone, etc. is equipped with a Google stopping device. It is called the off button.”

    Hear hear! And for those awkward times when one simply MUST find an item on the Web while in motion (or safe at home, for that matter), there is https://Ixquick.eu. Go THERE and read the Privacy Policy, Beloved Gentle Private Reader! (It is the AntiGoogle.) 😉

    Because you will not regret it one bit, is why. Nothing more than that! Just sayin’… And that is all. 0{;-)o[

  • crimedawg

    These are some disturbing patterns of information gathering that could be used to frame someone.

    • Maurice Dutton

      Yes, that’s right my friend beat a wrap and the very next morning there was knock at his door. When he opened it the cops threw down on him and took him away. deliberate set up.

      • crimedawg

        I think you meant “rap” as in rap sheet. It stands for record of arrests and prosecutions. He should have stayed clean and he wouldn’t have gone down.

        • Maurice Dutton

          Yes you have a point that is hard to counter. However, just because he broke the law does not mean the cops are allowed to break it to get him.

        • Maurice Dutton

          Cant beat word correct. You are right it was rap. Also if the court says he was innocent well thats good enough for me.

        • Maurice Dutton

          This is the third time I have posted and the comments are being removed. I hate censorship when it is related to discussion. OK I agree but he was found innocent by a court of law so the cops should not break the law themselves. It puts them above us and the law.

        • Maurice Dutton

          every time I reply its taken down I wonder why

        • Maurice Dutton

          Well it was a minor thing that the cops decided to escalate but he was found not guilty b y a court of law so what right have the cops to think they are above the law and administer their own justice. This is a very big problem both in Australia and from what I have been reading in the States as well. The police are supposed to be servants for the public welfare not some type of enforcers. Cheers

      • Maurice Dutton

        Like I have posted four times now, it was a very minor offence and it does not give the cops the right to be above the law. he was found innocent in a court of law and this guy decided he was a sore loser and wanted to take the law into his own hands. Police need to realise they are servants and not some jack booting law enforcement nazis that storm troop their way into peoples lives.

  • Douglas Godzillastomp Ribble

    sheeple they are called SHEEPLE !

  • subexpression

    I suspect that it’s still recorded even if your history is set to private.

    • Maurice Dutton

      You bet and watch to see if your Skype comes onto your bottom task bar as well.

  • Squinty

    So how do i turn it off?

    • Maurice Dutton

      go to your settings. the easiest way is to click on the red writing in the article and read the directions. it is pretty straight forward once you are there

  • NoName

    If they have nothing better to do, they are welcomed to listen my bullshits. There is no reason for concern.

  • Nathan C

    wow this article was such clickbait. Talk about fear mongering. On that note apparently I am so lazy I ask google to call the pizza place and set a timer to tell me to go pick it up. So theres that…..

    • Maurice Dutton

      What is click bait ??

      • Nathan C

        Its an article that has the title as something that is crafted specifically to get people to click and read it even though it is so ridiculously over and above the actual content and facts of the story. Its bait to get you to click but its complete bullshit usually. Like this story. It makes it out like you are constantly being monitored and recorded but the fact is that its only a log of your voice searches. Dont want your voices searches logged dont use it. Dont want your locations saved turn off your gps. Dont want your dick pics in the cloud then stop taking pictures of your dick bruh.

        • Maurice Dutton

          Thanks I will roll with all of it except my dick pics. Ha No seriously thank you for informing me what click bait is !!

  • smiles1969able .

    just turn off all of your modern communication devices and go back to using pigeons (Solved)

  • realteruchan

    I got nothing. Maybe because Google doesn’t work in China…

  • Brian Hamilton

    If any company is going to take over the world, it would bother me the least of it ends up being Google

  • Maurice Dutton

    The Feds are so paranoid they are trying to block this conversation from my computer. Instead of being able to log straight into the conversation I now have to fuck around working through another port hole. This says two things. They are still monitoring me and they are stupidly paranoid. Feds every time you mince my conversations remember the pen is mightier than the sword.

    • John

      Me too. Look at the names of the network around me.

      • Maurice Dutton

        Just the usual FBI shit. Why worry about that ??

        • jamie

          Quick question: what have you done that the FBI is chasing you?

          • ishiibrad

            Questioning what the government is doing with our tax dollars !

          • Maurice Dutton

            I was tasked to certify the safety for kids at my uni for using the DDW for molly purchases after a girl was bashed and robbed. After looking into how it was set up I endorsed it as a safer way for kids to buy ( I am 54) . From there some fed had a go at me which I retorted I thought he was dopey. Then access to my internet was frozen every time I came home I could not log onto it and from memory four computers had destruct viruses placed in them. After eight months I wrote to the embassy complaining it was hurting my safety consultancy.( I am in Australia) and my internet was installed. Is that enough? It may be the DEA but whoever it is has very powerful software and I have no doubt they are monitoring me now. I have no objection to being monitored. I just don’t like being censored. Especially when I see young kids dying needlessly because they took something that we have the systems in place to avoid or reduce. In Europe and elsewhere thy have drug testing at raves and I fully support this as it saves lives. But for my stand I get hassled a lot. Probably by some Fed as Google messaged me that the US govt wanted to take my site down after I posted ICE Cube FTP with the muppets. they were warned by the FBI not to perform or post and the fed need to look into why people post such stuff instead of hassling. Cheers

          • Maurice Dutton

            Just a quick heads up. This is the link on MDMA on my harm reduction site that was removed after the discussion on this post.
            Its a really informative easy to read article from Britain and there is no sense in taking it down when all we are doing is educating kids to play safe. have a good one !!

      • Tiffany White

        People can name their SSIDs anything they want. So this proves nothing.

      • Tiffany White

        And it you think the FBI would name their SSID FBI Surveillance van, I have some land in Taiwan to sell you.

        • John

          You never fucking know. They might think it’s cute. They only exist to extort money from us. That’s all. Look at how they let Hitlery slide. She’s in the club and we aren’t.

          • JoseCuervo

            HAHAHa your 1st comment made you sound like a lunatic.. your second comment with your childish schoolyard Hitlery comment confirms it.. and I hate Hillary. grow up, get an education stop making silly comments.

          • Askjrsk

            Somehow how think you don’t sound like an idiot, a troll a HILLARY whore?

        • John

          Slave’s can’t own property so good luck. There is only an illusion of property ownership. We are broke and we only have debt for money.

    • jamie

      Port hole? What are you, on a boat? Sail further out into international waters then. Those pesky Feds will never catch you!

      • Maurice Dutton

        when you have to keep searching for access all the time you earn the right to call it what you like but the trouble with the net is it transcends all borders cheers

        • jamie

          When you have to keep searching for access you need to have a word with your ISP because you’ve got a shitty connection.

          • Maurice Dutton

            Thats so ingorant you seem to know every thing so I don’t see the need to explain any thing . Have good one !@!

          • jamie

            I think that rather than “access”, you need to be searching for therapy.

          • Maurice Dutton

            Well learned one there it is you know all so why try and explain

      • Mough_Dyver

        …yes….it’s called VPN. I use CyberGhost 6 myself…

  • Drifting vids, food, custom car parts,home repair/improvement diy, and pitbulls…99.902% of my searches.

  • John Seychel

    I understand they may listen to us, but there’s literally tens of millions to sort out. That job would make me crazy.

    • Maurice Dutton

      Exactly !! Numbers will fuck them. But its a way to spy. It depends on if you are prepared to allow your freedoms to be eroded slowly.If you just do normal shit I would not worry about it too much.

  • Damian Gonzales

    what about Siri for Iphone?

  • Carlton Newman

    Where, specifically is this History Page? I tried to find it on my Google account but found no History tab.

    • squall_loire


      Mostly nothing at all to worry about, though. There’s far too much data to sift through, and there’s nobody at Google that’s particularly interested in the minutiae of all our lives.

  • NYPD219

    Yeah I got news for all of you. My settings for voice are OFF….but “Ok Google” still functions on my phone. There is not a single recording listed. Paranoia .

  • boblgumm

    What checkbox on what left? If you are going to say you are providing instructions on something please make them useful. Maybe I am just old.

  • vegatables

    I’ve been using Google for 15 years and my Web and App Acitivity page is blank. I traveled internationally last year yet there is NOTHING on the Location History page. I’ve never turned off any of these settings they article mentions. This must be a hoax.

    • JoseCuervo

      you must be an idiot

      • Askjrsk

        Good. You must hear this a lot. You must be an idiot.

  • jamie

    I still don’t understand how pressing the “record” button then speaking into your phone is classed as “quietly recording everything you say”.

    And what was that vague “predict the future” nonsense thrown in all about??

    • Maurice Dutton

      Probably goes over your head.

      • jamie

        Like anything of no substance, it is blown over us all in the wind.

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  • Great

    lol the free thought run by goverment they rounded your asses up

  • Darren Goffin

    It Don’t matter What We Do or Say.
    They’ve already Predicted this Year’s Ago…
    The Major Issue is God is only to know the Future. Being able to Listen in on Millions of People’s Life, is a Act of God.
    They took the Control of Weather away from God.
    And You Wonder Why UFOs are Blowing NASA to Bits Each time they try to take the Most Advanced Technology.
    Theirs One God, and All Religions are under Him.
    [email protected]

  • KCTed
  • kbaird

    If you are worried about your privacy, don’t use the internet, and don’t use a cell phone..simple.

    • Mough_Dyver

      …or a Smart T.V.,a Smart phone,credit card,etc.,etc.,etc….

  • RevSixEight

    startpage.com acts like a proxy between you and google. I hate google, but they do come up with better results than anyone else, including duckduckgo. It’s just better. Use startpage.com

  • von Zott

    i wonder how does automated closed captions of my farts look like…

  • missy

    Of course if you have the internet, or WiFI on your phone with an IP address, all your information is stored normally. Thats been happening since the internet has been around. Google is just another way of storing saved chats from messenger, Youtube, and other sites you have gone to with Google as a search engine, especially if you’re on Google Chrome. Delete your browser history, cookies, etc. Its the internet. Think people need to stop being so paranoid and just live their lives. If you don’t want the internet “recording” anything than don’t go online. This isn’t new! lol Police need the internet to collect information from criminals and investigating terrorism. Protecting citizens is their job.

  • NoName

    Nothing to hide here. They will eventually get bored 🙂

  • Maruzzo

    Fuck Google then… repeat after me :-))

  • ludicrous_speed

    I Google easily-spelled words because sometimes my brain just can’t remember. >.<


  • keep in mind kiddo’s – your internet provider has a far more comprehensive record of everything you’ve done than Google does

  • Tony Muhammad

    Of course I use tech devices for the simple convience of communication (emails, txts, personal conversation, and txt searchs, google maps) with others like every other consumer and citizen but I don’t use nor desire all the apps e.g. music, tv, youthtube, etc. etc, that come with Google Chrome for cell phones.

    I didn’t think much about AI capabilities until it began interupting personal phone calls on my andriod cell phone. I noticed a red box in the top left corner of the cell phone face. I open it to my surprise it was a notification from Gooogle Chrome but the notification interrupts / disconnects phone conversations taking place. What the Hell – I thought to myself.

    I was pissed Google Chrome actually disconnected serval phone calls when Googel A.I. sent notifications to download updates which I previously uninstalled G-Play Services and G Store form my cell phone because G-A.I. uses to much storage on my simple (old) HTC cell phone.

    Google Play should be rename Google Pay to Play.

  • crimedawg

    The Patriot Act was put in place on purpose. There are plenty of people who have ill intent on the rest of us since we are Americans. Even some of our own citizens can be extremely dangerous. We must remain vigilant as our enemy list grows with each passing day. Russia, China, North Korea and their allies stand at the ready for an incursion that might take place, real or fabricated. If Google can help in the effort, so be it. You dopers need not worry though as everyone seems to be smoking that shit.

    • Maurice Dutton

      Can we discuss this further. I have relatives and friends in the states and would like you to explain why you think that Russia and China and North Korea are or have it in for America and Americans ? North Korea is isolated and does not even count in my book. If you look at the government bonds China nearly owns America so why would they destroy their own asset. Russia is quietly developing very good weapons I am sure your government would know about but hey the world no more hates you than hates everybody. What enemies are you referring too?

      • Maurice Dutton

        I guess that means no hey crime dawg. You know the strength of a democracy is when the people them selves discuss events and matters that are of concern then make a general consensus. What do you think the patriot act has achieved ? In the fifties it was reds under the bed. Now its terrorists attacking us. Laws have long been in place to handle any crime. The patriot act is just the governments way to ramp up surveillance.

  • Maurice Dutton

    well who has the power to remove comments without reason ??

  • zuriea

    How do I get to the page with my Google history? Thanks.

  • DonGateley

    So, isn’t the obvious question how to take control of this? Would I love to be able to capture my narrative as I build Facebook and G+ sites? Wouldn’t it be accurately time stamped?

    When was the knowledge of this hidden? How may I gain control of it so as to possibly create narrated video? Could anything be better for the purpose and more demanding of my attention? Can I sync said recordings with times on G+ and Facebook posts to yield instant YouTube videos? Would I like that?

    Please, can anyone tell me how to take control of my microphone back but have it still do what it is supposedly doing for Google?

  • Russel Future

    I read this, and thought, ahh, silly, I have none of these google services turned on. They will have no information on me. Well, I am stupid and wrong on this. I logged in to a business account I use, and was staggered to discover all this search history maintained on me. Sure, there was no history of voice or audio, because I *never* use that stuff ( advice: Be paranoid. Inspect your packets, look for UDP packets as well as TCP/IP stuff, watch your traffic with network monitors, etc. I do this, and I never use voice/audio, so I figured no critical data trail..) Wrong wrong, and wrong.

    While logged into this one gmail account, I did some youtube searches and watched some videos on how to dis-assemble and re-assemble a particular (rather exotic) type of complicated rifle that I was considering purchasing. Plus, there were these business-critical searches that could offer competitors useful and actionable information as to what technology-related projects I was working on. “WTF?” was my response here. I had not authorized this information to be dropped into a database, for retrieval years later. I was quite shocked that this info – very specific info that put me a risk – was held, against my knowledge, by Google.

    I never used “myactivity.google.com” ever. Imagine the scenario: Some terrible event, by a bad person occurs, and the bad person uses the same type of rare, exotic rifle that I did some research on. Because of the google-data-trail, a simple court-order could require Google to provide all search details in a particular area, related to a particular rifle. Wham. Suddenly, I would become a suspect, maybe subject to search and siezure efforts, just because of my technical curiosity. Police in my country are not known for subtle, careful behaviour (can you blame them? They have a tough, nasty job sometimes.) What is disturbing here, is how this type of *unknown* data-trail can put a person at serious risk, just because they are technically curious.

    I would caution people against even using Gmail. Using a *free* email service could be quite dangerous, and prejudicial to your health and safety.

    I would also support legislation that would explicity require personal, private data-trail data (both meta-data and actual search history data), to be process-documented.

    Folks, this sh*t is really dangerous. Consider an alternate scenario: Some guy wants to take down another guy, for whatever reason. All he has to do, is plant a false data-trail showing a record of searches explicity related to some criminal activity, and then trigger the court-ordered search, by carrying out a crime that links to the bogus data-trail. The evidence could be made overwhelming… (think child p*rn or nuclear technology issues, such as activation of radiological elements for dirty b*mb development, or whatever. Pick your horror story from the evening news…) A moderately clever fellow who has someone’s email password, could create an impressive amount of grief for a counter-party that he wants to destroy. (Yes, this has already happened, and is actually a well-documented problem that the police now have to deal with. )

    Sure, what “Mac Heath” says is right. “The only thing I’d be worried about, is people finding out how f***ing boring I am.” Probably true for most of us. But that is the funny thing about risk. You often don’t recognize how much you have taken on, until it (eventually) blows up your business or investment, that you thought was just fine, thank you very much.

    Again, to reiterate what Matt said in his article: Go to “h(tee,tee)ps:(slash,slash)history(dot)google(dot)com/history”, and have a look at what is being held. It is linked to whatever Gmail account you sign in with. Oh, and whenever using Gmail, best to uncheck the box that says “Keep me signed in”. And when finished, sign out of Gmail, lest all your search history (and youtube search and viewing history) will be recorded, and retained somewhere in the “cloud” (which just means, on Google’s servers.)

    Sad that the ‘net is becoming so dangerous. But we only have ourselves to blame, I guess. And maybe, don’t post actionable, personal information to Facebook. Post cat pictures, and funny pics of silly sh*te, but keep your personal life private, to reduce your risk. Hope this helps some folks. And thanx Matt, for this info.

  • Sandra

    1. it is against Australian laws, for anyone including companies to record you without your consent. It is also against the law that google gets your home data i.e. home address and etc without your written consent for their mapping. They have already been sued for over $7 billions dollars for their screws up. The Founder of Google Sergey Brin has admitted the company had “screwed ups”. Although the info is on http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article/2417432/Google-broke-law-harvesting-data-people-homes-streets-view-cars.html
    2. Remember: Google has retain written consent to obtain any of your personal data, if they dont they are breaking their laws, and the country laws of privacy!!!
    a. which they have already been sued for that & I can say it is still happening today!!
    3. Write to the head office in Sydney for google!! Here is their address: C.E.O. GOOGLE AUSTRALIA, LEVEL 5, 48 PIRRAMA ROAD, PYRMONT. N.S.W. 2009 TELEPHONE: 02 9374 4000.

    4. Put it in hand writing: the Online complaint thingy is hopeless!!

  • rtb61

    Do not attempt to delete corporate held data, it is a fools errand. Instead fill it full of rubbish, absolutely full of misdirection, empty nothings, TV records, what ever. They pay to store it and the more you generate the more it costs and the less it is worth.
    Corporate date miners are there steal the truth, instead give them lies, the more the merrier and good luck with poisoned databases full of false data.

  • OF COURSE IT RECORDS STUFF. So does Apple and Facebook. It’s in the agreement.

  • Jay117

    Ahhh who cares, Not like I talk about anything important anyways

  • Rixar13

    The Wealthy already hate me but, they can just kiss my Ass. Figuratively Speaking of course. Snicker’

  • Gaylen Anderson

    I can’t find the check box on the left.

  • FlatFenders

    Just because you “delete it” and no longer can access it yourself is no guarantee that Google does not have it archived. Chances are, it is “out there” forever. Why waste your time?

  • Jacc

    They’re not private conversations. They’re recording google searches (audio and text). You agree to it in the terms and conditions. Don’t use the feature if you don’t want your voice recorded, pretty easy.

  • Will Forbes

    Has anyone found any idle conversation in their voice recordings? Msg me wforbes87

  • Saitoh

    They’d find porn & anime. I’m cool with that.

  • Ralph Kovel

    well then,,, there will Continue to be a TP shortage in certain invasive offices

  • Smh at the people saying “i’m not worried cuz i’m boring and no threat”. Corporate surveillance isn’t always about you and your boring life. Other people exist and you’re basically saying it’s okay for corporations or governments to spy on everyone infringing on their rights. Your complacency is what creates totalitarianism and not everyone wishes to live in such toxic systems. Glad to know you’re okay with it though.

  • NoResolution

    This is the kind of stuff that people should really be protesting against.

  • Darrin Keith Long

    just keep typing in jibber jabber and hit enrer

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  • Maria Carino

    My daughter and I were talking about an HBO movie to watch, we turned it on. Low and behold, on her phone are ads for this TV show, on her IG feed and twitter feed.