The great Orwellian nemesis known as Big Brother is known by many names in the 21st Century: Facebook. Twitter. Apple. Google?
It is already nearly impossible to walk down a street in any noteworthy town an not be spotted by some form of surveillance. There are cameras at nearly every intersection. There are RFID chips in your bank card. Heck, even your income has been reduced to lines of code inside of a computer inside your local Wells Fargo. Truly nothing is private anymore.
It’s the desensitization to this invaded privacy that will usher in the next death of the American Dream. Generations to come will never have known a time in which they weren’t accounted for by some faceless father figure, tracking and recording their every move and purchase and web search. Now, smart devices in the home are exponentially expanding the reach of the Orwellian overlords, turning the average American into a piece of data. Worse yet, they may be storing our conversations any time that we are within earshot.
“Google could have a record of everything you have said around it for years, and you can listen to it yourself.
“The company quietly records many of the conversations that people have around its products.
“The feature works as a way of letting people search with their voice, and storing those recordings presumably lets Google improve its language recognition tools as well as the results that it gives to people.
“But it also comes with an easy way of listening to and deleting all of the information that it collects. That’s done through a special page that brings together the information that Google has on you.”
As though this thought weren’t horrifying enough for the technologically inclined, the instruction on how to properly destroy the data would appear to be written in Swahili to generations past.
“It’s found by heading to Google’s history page and looking at the long list of recordings. The company has a specific audio page and another for activity on the web, which will show you everywhere Google has a record of you being on the internet.
“On the page, you can listen through all of the recordings. You can also see information about how the sound was recorded – whether it was through the Google app or elsewhere – as well as any transcription of what was said if Google has turned it into text successfully.”
For more information regarding the eradicating of these recordings, you can click here.