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Google collects and analyzes data from its Gemini chatbot apps, with human annotators reading, labeling, and processing conversations to improve the service. These conversations are retained for up to three years, along with related data like languages used and location. Users have control over which Gemini-relevant data is retained and can delete individual prompts and conversations. Google advises users not to enter confidential information and data they don't want reviewers or Google to see.
"Please don't enter confidential information in your conversations or any data you wouldn't want a reviewer to see or Google to use to improve our products, services, and machine learning technologies," Google writes.
Google's data collection and retention policies for Gemini are similar to those of its rivals. OpenAI, for example, saves all chats with ChatGPT for 30 days, regardless of whether the conversation history feature is switched off, except in cases where a user's subscription has lapsed.
To be fair, Google's GenAI data collection and retention policies don't differ all that much from those of its rivals. OpenAI, for example, saves all chats with ChatGPT for 30 days regardless of whether ChatGPT's conversation history feature is switched off, excepting in cases where a user's subscrib.