The Google Assistant is currently integrated into the LG ThinQ AI 2018 TV line and in all generations of the DISH Hopper DVR decoder. This means that the owners of these devices with the integrated Wizard can control your TV, retrieve information, manage tasks, control smart home devices and more with the power of your voice. However, this also means that you are giving Google and the device manufacturer access to some of your personal information. If you do not think it's a worthwhile solution, there's a simple way to close access to this information on TV devices that are not Android devices.

When you set up your TV or set-top box that runs on a TV operating system that is not Android, you can accept information exchange terms for the Assistant and available device-specific voice services (for example, ThinQ AI) without thinking twice. If you do, do not be afraid: you can easily turn off information sharing by following these steps:

  1. Activate your device's voice services (by pressing and holding the microphone button on the remote control of the ThinQ AI 2018 TVs). LG, or saying "Ok Google" or "Hey Google" on your DISH Hopper DVR)
  2. Say: "Disable the exchange of information"

That's it. It is worth noting that disabling the exchange of information means that the Assistant and the voice services of the manufacturer of your device will stop functioning completely. And, to reiterate, this is only applicable to TV devices that are not Android devices.

If you end up losing the comfort of voice commands, you can easily reactivate the information exchange by activating the voice services of your television or set-top box. , asking a question or saying a command, then accepting the terms to share information (again).

The Google help page that shares these steps also specifies what information is shared:

Google and the device manufacturer share information such as: [19659009] Device name

  • Zip code
  • Location
  • ] Device Settings
  • Device ID
  • After linking your Google account to the device, the manufacturer of your device will also have access to limited personal information, such as: [19659009] Name

  • Email address [19659004] Profile URL and photo, if you have a Google+ profile
  • Language preferences
  • During a conversation, Google and the device manufacturer can use what you said and the content on your screen to create a better response.

    Google also says that any personal information that the company shares with the manufacturer of the device "can not be used by the device manufacturer for other purposes, including advertising or user profile creation."

    Go to the Google Help page to turn off information sharing – Android TV gadgets for more information, including how your command or voice query goes from speech to actionable information handled by Google or by the device manufacturer.