Google’s Allo app lets your message contacts see your browsing history

Google’s Allo app lets your message contacts see your browsing history

[Ed. – Another good reason to avoid getting too “connected.”  Only NSA, the FBI, the entire U.S. intelligence community, the British intelligence community, Jeff Bezos, and all the major social media and search engines need to be able to view your browsing history.]

Google’s mobile messaging app Allo can reveal your Google search history to people you message, which could have big privacy implications. The behavior appears to be a glitch.

I noticed the problem in a recent conversation with a friend, in which I was testing the app. Allo includes Google Assistant, the company’s latest version of its virtual assistant software. …

The feature has been available on Google’s own Pixel phone and Google Home, its competitor to Amazon’s wildly successful Echo.

A unique feature of Allo is that you can use Assistant while in the middle of a conversation with a friend. …

But Assistant…sometimes…responds with answers unrelated to questions at hand, or it will respond with an answer to an earlier question — and it’s then that it can inadvertently reveal a previous search query.

In the middle of our conversation, my friend directed Assistant to identify itself. Instead of offering a name or a pithy retort, it responded with link from Harry Potter fan website Pottermore. The link led to an extract from “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” the fifth book in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

But the response was not merely a non sequitur. It was a result related to previous searches my friend said he had done a few days earlier.

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