Google really is spying on you: Firm reveals contract workers listen to private smart speaker recordings

Google has admitted that workers are given access to voice recordings made by owners of its Google Home smart speaker.

The technology company pays "language experts" around the world to listen to and transcribe audio recordings made by users.

It says listening is “critical to developing technology that powers products like the Google Assistant”, the software that powers the Google Home speaker and features on Android smartphones. Temporary workers, supplied by contractors, are sent audio recordings to transcribe so that Google can improve its services for people who speak in different accents and languages. Around one in 5,000 recordings are sent to a language expert, it said.

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