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Google smart speakers secretly updated to listen for more than wake words

Google Home smart speakers, the company dryly warns in a note buried deep on a support page, can "incorrectly" record their users even when they haven't first said an activating wake phrase like "hey, Google." It just so happens that, at least for a brief period of time this summer, those microphone-enabled devices were doing exactly that.

Google will now auto-delete location and search history by default for new users

Google will now auto-delete data after 18 months for all new users. This feature applies to search history (on web or in-app), location history, and voice commands collected through the Google Assistant or devices like Google Home.

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