Everyone hates language texts, but only some Android users report seeing notifications of a new spam protection feature from Google in their Message app.
According to Android Police, the update seems to be a limited rollout, since it does not live on every single device yet. Those who have the feature report see an alert when they launch the Notification app that announces the new setting, and read, "To protect against spam, some data about your messages, but no content, is sent to Google." The track protection feature can be manually turned on or off via the Advanced section of the Android settings menu, according to screens published by the Android police.
When the spam protection feature is enabled, the data Google collects from this user does not contain the content of their messages or their phone number, according to Google's support page. It contrasts spam reports manually sent by users to Google, which includes the entire message sent by the spammer (plus, a copy can also be sent to mobile operators). We've reached out to Google for more information on the launch plans and details of the data their spam protection feature collects.
Of course, if you don't trust Google to keep the word, you can simply stop regular subtitling at all and move to a third-party, encrypted messaging app.