Google Assistant goes incognito with upcoming guest mode privacy feature

Google translates the incognito windows of a web browser into voice via the new guest mode feature for Google Assistant. Like incognito mode in Chrome or Firefox, switching to guest mode prevents the voice assistant from accessing a user’s account for personalized responses and automatically not recording any interactions. This feature is one of Google’s latest efforts to focus on the privacy of its customers.

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Guest mode will roll out over the next few weeks, according to Google. Once available, any Google Nest speaker or smart screen owner can activate with a voice command asking Google Assistant to turn it on or off. While activated, Google Assistant will still work as usual, but without any customization that comes with a Google Account. The idea seems to have two main attractions. As the name suggests, it offers guests a way to use the voice assistant without adding any new data that might disrupt the responses Google Assistant gives to the device owner. At the same time, Guest mode is a quick way to use Google Assistant on behalf of someone else, or if the owner doesn’t want to remember to specifically remember to ask Google Assistant to erase all of their sound. recent.

“Every day, Google Assistant helps people get things done at home, whether it’s suggesting a new recipe you might like or reminding you of your next date. But there may be times when you don’t want your interactions with the Assistant logged to your Google account, ”Google explained in a blog post. “That’s why in the coming weeks we’ll be introducing Guest Mode, a new way to use your Google Assistant on home devices. With a simple voice command, you can activate guest mode and your interactions with the Assistant in this mode will not be saved to your account. You can turn off guest mode at any time to once again enjoy the full, personalized Google Assistant experience. “

While the guest mode Google is rolling out is a new feature for its voice assistant, the name may sound familiar. This is because “guest mode” was a feature that allowed people to connect to a Google smart speaker and stream music without connecting to the device’s wifi network. Enabling guest mode generated a PIN that the visitor could use instead. Google ended support for the feature on smart speakers and smart displays in January, although it remains available for Chromecast devices. There didn’t seem to be any reason to stop the feature at the time, but it’s certainly possible that it was in anticipation of the new feature being called the same.

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Google touted the new feature as one of several new security and privacy measures. The company is continually seeking to improve the perception of how it processes user data. After last summer’s fury over how Google Assistant and other voice assistants collect and study audio data, Google has switched to an opt-in version of the program for human reviews of audio recorded by its software. , encouraging people to register in August. E-mail. A week later, Google admitted that some of its smart speakers this year registered people even without a wake word activation due to a software error, possibly due to the May overhaul of the service. Nest Aware subscription. Guest mode is part of the larger strategy of adding new features to allay people’s worries. Options like voice commands to check and delete Google Assistant recordings and keyword sensitivity controls to limit accidental waking up can help people feel better when using Google Assistant. A voice version of incognito mode will likely add a lot more people to the list of reassured Google Assistant users.

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