It has been confirmed by Google that new feature of automatic spam protection inside the default Android Messages app has begun releasing to some users.
After showing a notification to let the user know that the feature has been turned on, after that the app is going to analyze messages that are sent to you in order to detect and proactively block spam messages.
But, there have been some issues regarding privacy issues about the way the feature stores the associated phone numbers.
Google immediately denied these rumors about the way the feature tracks and stores details about the messages sent. Messages users can already report spam texts, but by working automatically in the background, Google now collects and temporarily stores phone numbers.
It is made clear by Google your phone numbers and messages are not scanned during this process. However, if you report a message as being spam, Google will log that number and up to ten messages sent by the spammer.
Google said that:
“To help identify spammers, Google temporarily stores the phone numbers of people sending and receiving messages with you and the times they messaged with you, but does not store your phone number or the content of these messages.”
This latest feature can be turned off from within the advanced settings menu if you don’t want to use it.
Google didn’t specify the time frame of the new feature as to when it will be released worldwide, but it said that it is being rumored that it will be released gradually in a few countries, and the company plans to release it more widely in distant future.