Google is reducing how much audio it saves for human review

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Google is making some changes to its audio data retention policies in the coming months. Most importantly for those concerned about humans reviewers listening to you, it plans on asking every user to re-affirm their choice to opt-in to that program — which is “paused globally” pending an EU investigation.

The company is also making other changes, including a new sensitivity option for “Hey Google” hotword detection, so that users who want to can make it less likely that their smart speakers will pick up unintended audio.

The changes come in the wake of a summer where every major smart assistant is under renewed scrutiny over how data is stored, for how long, and who gets to listen to it. Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant were all…

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