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(Independent)   Can't remember that private conversation you had with your wife last month? Just Google it   ( independent.co.uk) divider line
    More: Scary, Google, language recognition tools, Android phone, Google's history, specific audio page, Google app, Google search, recordings  
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2017-11-13 08:10:31 PM  
Ok, please tell my my Apple shiat isn't doing the same thing.
 
2017-11-13 08:19:58 PM  
I'm not sure I get it. I checked my audio history page and the only thing there are the voice searches and commands I've done, which I had to say "OK Google" to work. So they have a bunch of recordings of things I said when I basically went 'Google, record what I say next, figure out what I said, then do that thing'. The article seems to strongly imply that it's just randomly recording you, but never actually says that.
 
2017-11-13 08:39:47 PM  
It's not a joke. I looked at my comprehensive search history on Google. They had pieces of conversations that were only said on the phone with my best friend in Reno. It freaked me the f*ck out.

And I don't know how to rid myself of it because I can't use iPhones on my old unlimited Verizon data plan. Google owns me.
 
6 days ago  

TheOmni: I'm not sure I get it. I checked my audio history page and the only thing there are the voice searches and commands I've done, which I had to say "OK Google" to work. So they have a bunch of recordings of things I said when I basically went 'Google, record what I say next, figure out what I said, then do that thing'. The article seems to strongly imply that it's just randomly recording you, but never actually says that.


This for me as well... it is all "voice to texts" that I've done.   I guess maybe some people have it "always on" like an Alexa type of thing... I've never done that though.
 
6 days ago  
There's no audio recordings for me and I use the text-to-speech feature when I'm driving.

Now what does disturb me are those emails I get from Google saying, "Hey look at this collage we made of some photos you took even though you didn't upload them or save them to any cloud or anything like that."
 
6 days ago  
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6 days ago  
This again?
 
6 days ago  
FlashHarry

Ok, please tell my my Apple shiat isn't doing the same thing.

It is. That sweet metadata is a revenue cash cow.
 
6 days ago  
I found that you can delete everything from the Google stash.  I disabled data collection some time ago and there was nothing recent.  My first attempt deleted only today's data, which was nothing at all.  I noticed that and kept looking, and found a setting to delete data "for all time" and used that to delete everything.
 
6 days ago  
I don't care if Google listens to my private conversations with my wife. I just hope it's not recording private conversations I've had with Subby's wife. She says some real effed up filthy shiat when she's horny!
 
6 days ago  

dletter: TheOmni: I'm not sure I get it. I checked my audio history page and the only thing there are the voice searches and commands I've done, which I had to say "OK Google" to work. So they have a bunch of recordings of things I said when I basically went 'Google, record what I say next, figure out what I said, then do that thing'. The article seems to strongly imply that it's just randomly recording you, but never actually says that.

This for me as well... it is all "voice to texts" that I've done.   I guess maybe some people have it "always on" like an Alexa type of thing... I've never done that though.


This.
 
6 days ago  
It's safe to assume that Google isn't the only one recording you through your phone, although they probably are the only one polite enough to wait until you say the magic words "ok Google."

Most of us have nothing to worry about.  Security through obscurity and all that.
 
6 days ago  
I'm pretty sure that if you listen to recordings of me near my phone you'll go blind
 
6 days ago  

oa330_man: I'm pretty sure that if you listen to recordings of me near my phone you'll go blind


Patton Oswalt - The Bugged Car
Youtube CWcUupayezk
 
6 days ago  
That's weird. I clicked the link and mentioned how Google should mimic James Orr and his courtroom eating behaviour. The webpage crashed.
 
6 days ago  
Check the permissions on your apps. Some listen in, Amazon does. I was discussing a book with someone about the Portland Estate in England, and Amazon had stuff from Oregon to offer. As well as discussing potty training, and lo and behold, amazon had books and potties suggested on the front page.
 
6 days ago  
It's why I turn off voice activation on Siri.

What I would be most worried about is how much of my "Private" web browsing someone has a record of.

/Not really that worried, my tastes are pretty vanilla.
 
6 days ago  
Good to know, el zippo on my history, so I'm feeling smug

As long as the NSA and FBI and CIA don't have my FArk history I am...hold on someone at the door
 
6 days ago  
Andrew Griffin
@_andrew_griffin
Wednesday 1 June 2016 11:27 BST


Very timely, subby.
 
6 days ago  
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/Pretty much everything that is listening though a microphone and has internet access does the same thing.
 
6 days ago  
No voice, no prints, no retinas. Typed exchanges only.

There's no scenario, apart from more easily ordering a pizza, or opening a page, where these conveniences might ultimately work to your favor.
 
6 days ago  
Sometimes being a poor is advantageous, we get to watch everyone work the bugs out in real time and we know all the dodges when they get cheap enough after the thing has peaked. The Trailing Edge for me!
 
6 days ago  

sex_and_drugs_for_ian: No voice, no prints, no retinas. Typed exchanges only.

There's no scenario, apart from more easily ordering a pizza, or opening a page, where these conveniences might ultimately work to your favor.


Mine were almost all voice commands to call one of five specific contacts.  I'll take that specific convenience of hands-free in exchange for giving them that data.  If I used a WiFi enabled house light I could control voice commands I might even consider that a fair exchange.
 
6 days ago  
I don't use any farking voice commands or shiat and I just heard some farking unwanted recordings of my personal conversations.  It's as though someone has been eavesdropping on my shiat.  Nobody knows me and it needs to stay that farking way.

Dumb phone here I come.
 
6 days ago  
If this were true, it would be the greatest thing ever.

He: "Remember when you promised you'd stop blowing all our excess cash on going to play Bingo with your friends"?

She: "I never said anything like that!"

He: "Hey Google, play back that conversation where my wife said she'd stop going to play Bingo"

Google: "OK: ... 'I swear to you, no more Bingo for me...""

He: "HA! Busted!"

She: "..."

I would pay big bucks for this. BIG BUCKS.
 
6 days ago  

Thong_of_Zardoz: If this were true, it would be the greatest thing ever.

He: "Remember when you promised you'd stop blowing all our excess cash on going to play Bingo with your friends"?

She: "I never said anything like that!"

He: "Hey Google, play back that conversation where my wife said she'd stop going to play Bingo"

Google: "OK: ... 'I swear to you, no more Bingo for me...""

He: "HA! Busted!"

She: "..."

I would pay big bucks for this. BIG BUCKS.


Here's one from my list:  stay excited. I was trying to get the information before that next song!

Why the fark is my phone recording some conversation that has nothing to do with it?
 
6 days ago  

Thong_of_Zardoz: If this were true, it would be the greatest thing ever.

He: "Remember when you promised you'd stop blowing all our excess cash on going to play Bingo with your friends"?

She: "I never said anything like that!"

He: "Hey Google, play back that conversation where my wife said she'd stop going to play Bingo"

Google: "OK: ... 'I swear to you, no more Bingo for me...""

He: "HA! Busted!"

She: "..."

I would pay big bucks for this. BIG BUCKS.


You already have...
 
6 days ago  
It only saves what you say after the keywords.... Sometimes it hits a false positive, but no where on that is everything stored. Hell. That data isn't even on the backend.
 
6 days ago  

zeroflight222: sex_and_drugs_for_ian: No voice, no prints, no retinas. Typed exchanges only.

There's no scenario, apart from more easily ordering a pizza, or opening a page, where these conveniences might ultimately work to your favor.

Mine were almost all voice commands to call one of five specific contacts.  I'll take that specific convenience of hands-free in exchange for giving them that data.  If I used a WiFi enabled house light I could control voice commands I might even consider that a fair exchange.


It's very alluring, no doubt.

There's also something to be said for casting a faint shadow.
 
6 days ago  
I must have opted out at the very beginning, all it seems to know is that I watch a lot of stupid pop music videos on youtube. And like two other useless things.
 
6 days ago  
We use our Google Home for our alarm clock and I just cracked up because it's just like 300 clips of my muffled voice yelling, "...mmbbsrlOKAY GOOGLE mmfrhSNOOZEgoddamnit SNOOOOOZE!"
 
6 days ago  
No audio on me, although I used an Android phone until early last year, and only one listing for me under 'internet activity'. That's for a visit to Youtube in 2014. By the way, I clicked the link to see what video it was and I got 'this video is unavailable'. It figures. The one time I'm interested in seeing what I was doing in the past, it's a tease.
 
6 days ago  

WhoGAS: I don't use any farking voice commands or shiat and I just heard some farking unwanted recordings of my personal conversations.  It's as though someone has been eavesdropping on my shiat.  Nobody knows me and it needs to stay that farking way.

Dumb phone here I come.


I still use my dumb phone. A Motorola flip-phone.  I am so 2005.
 
6 days ago  
"Have you seen my keys?"

"Over there, on the counter."

"Where are my glasses?"

"Right here, honey."

"I can't find my hat."

"Did you look on the coat rack?"

"Oh, yeah."

Yeah, I don't need to relive those moments.
 
6 days ago  
Mine only shows the voice to text stuff I've done. Got a bit freaked out when I saw "planting the seed for the robbery" until I remembered I voice typed some D&D shiat a few weeks ago. "No officer, I'm not really a Svirfneblin rogue."
 
6 days ago  

Thong_of_Zardoz: I would pay big bucks for this. BIG BUCKS.


What about when your wife gets Google to replay the, er, "conversation" you had with her sister? Will you demand a refund?
 
6 days ago  

FlashHarry: Ok, please tell my my Apple shiat isn't doing the same thing.


Do you leave Siri on?
 
6 days ago  
"How many times have I told you to rake those leaves?"
*tappity tap tap* "Four."
*SMACK*
 
6 days ago  
Don't need google the wife remembers everything, every damned perceived slight. Unlike Google she even remembers shiat I didn't say
 
6 days ago  
So what's creepier is that they do send some of the conversations to Google under the pretext of "this search didn't seem to work, why not". Well because it wasn't a search at all, dumbass AI.
 
6 days ago  

BretMavrik: [img.fark.net image 285x405]

As soon as I read the story, I thought of Black Mirror. As computers and phones have progress, the more I wonder if someone is watching and listening to us. Very worried now. My phone is set on it's side in a holder, aimed at me. OMG! They know that I know. I hear someone outsi......(Crash, break, scream).....Oh it was nothing all is fine. No one is watching you. Go back to sleep. Oh and you there, stop picking your nose.
 
6 days ago  
I see a lot of GIS searches that I did to find a picture to post in Fark threads. Good luck finding consistency in that mess.
 
6 days ago  
Sorry, calling bullshiat on this one.
 
6 days ago  

TheOmni: I'm not sure I get it. I checked my audio history page and the only thing there are the voice searches and commands I've done, which I had to say "OK Google" to work. So they have a bunch of recordings of things I said when I basically went 'Google, record what I say next, figure out what I said, then do that thing'. The article seems to strongly imply that it's just randomly recording you, but never actually says that.


This is what I found as well. No random voice recordings or any malarkey like that. Only recordings of voice searches and those are usually limited to a few words. I mean come on how useful is to google is my getting the odds on the last major boxing fight, looking up a piece of baseball trivia or locating the closest auto parts store to my location when I had a wiper blade fall apart.
 
6 days ago  
First thing I do with any new piece of tech is to turn off permissions and uninstall crap I'm never going to use.

I don't drive or have any disability that might require it, so I can't think of any reason why I need voice search or a digital assistant.  I don't particularly have anything interesting to hide, it just annoys me that pointless programs take up space, RAM etc (even when the amount used is negligible).

I'm pretty certain I've missed something, because I don't know what I'm doing, but it annoys me enough to make at least a half arsed attempt.  Perhaps google can track my phone activity from the searches made on my desktop for what the pre-installed apps are on my phone and how to remove them.

/Also spend too much time checking what's running in Task Manager on my PC.
 
6 days ago  

FlashHarry: Ok, please tell my my Apple shiat isn't doing the same thing.


Of course it bloody is.

Weird that it got nothing on me, I mean I only use voice commands when driving but I use the damned phone for everything. They have location traces but thats about it
 
6 days ago  

jaylectricity: There's no audio recordings for me and I use the text-to-speech feature when I'm driving.

Now what does disturb me are those emails I get from Google saying, "Hey look at this collage we made of some photos you took even though you didn't upload them or save them to any cloud or anything like that."


You're using auto-upload with Google photos.
 
6 days ago  
Yikes, do I really sound like that when I'm making someone cry?
 
6 days ago  
Nothing here, apart from my search history and anything I've looked for on Google Play or Youtube while signed in

And that's the thing, if you're mildly paranoid you just sign out before you search for those Millie & Sadie vacation pics, ya perv
 
6 days ago  

Badgers: [img.fark.net image 555x729]

/Pretty much everything that is listening though a microphone and has internet access does the same thing.


Only if you're dumb enough to install it, and then let it.
 
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