New Attack Lets Android Apps Capture Loudspeaker Data Without Any Permission

New Attack Lets Android Apps Capture Loudspeaker Data Without Any Permission

Nitesh Saxena also confirmed The Hacker News that the attack can not be used to capture targeted users' voice or their surroundings because "that is not strong enough to affect the phone's motion sensors, especially given the low sampling rates imposed by the OS," and thus also doesn't interfere with the accelerometer readings.

Google Assistant's human workers listen to customer conversations

Google Assistant's human workers listen to customer conversations

Its user terms confirm recordings may be used by the company, stating Assistant "records your voice and audio on Google services to improve speech recognition.". Google's terms don't explicitly say that people review the recordings, but do state that data could be analyzed as the company updates services or create new features.

Google Very Angry After Contractor Leaks Over a Thousand Assistant Recordings

Google Very Angry After Contractor Leaks Over a Thousand Assistant Recordings

One of the humans that Google hired to review voice recordings recently leaked over a thousand Assistant recordings to a Belgian news organization, which published a story and video about the recordings this week.

Google workers listen to your “OK Google” queries—one of them leaked recordings

Google workers listen to your “OK Google” queries—one of them leaked recordings

Google today defended its practice of having workers listen to users' Google Assistant queries, following the leak of 1,000 voice recordings to a media outlet. Google's blog post today said it uses "a wide range of safeguards to protect user privacy throughout the entire review process.".

Google admits partners leaked more than 1,000 private conversations with Google Assistant

Google admits partners leaked more than 1,000 private conversations with Google Assistant

Google admitted on Thursday that more than 1,000 sound recordings of customer conversations with the Google Assistant were leaked by some of its partners to a Belgian news site.

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

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

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

Amazon confirms it retains your Alexa voice recordings indefinitely

Amazon confirms it retains your Alexa voice recordings indefinitely

Then in May, the retail behemoth came under further scrutiny for its data collection practices after CNET reported that Alexa assistant not only keeps your voice recordings, but also keeps a record of your voice transcriptions for improving its AI algorithms, with no option to delete them.

Episode 924: Stuck In China's Panopticon

Episode 924: Stuck In China's Panopticon

Alim is a Uighur, a Muslim minority group in China's Xinjiang province. We see how the Chinese government has created a surveillance state using DNA, voice, and face recognition technology to track and target Uighurs.

Amazon confirms it holds on to Alexa data even if you delete audio files

Amazon confirms it holds on to Alexa data even if you delete audio files

Amazon has admitted that it doesn’t always delete the stored data that it obtains through voice interactions with the company’s Alexa and Echo devices — even after a user chooses to wipe the audio files from their account .

Amazon Will Store Alexa Voice Logs Forever—Unless You Delete Them

Amazon Will Store Alexa Voice Logs Forever—Unless You Delete Them

In his written response to Sen. Coons, Amazon’s Vice President of Public Policy Brian Huseman elaborated on its privacy policies, making it clear that all voice logs and transcripts are stored with no expiration date unless a user opts to manually delete them.

Amazon confirms it keeps your Alexa recordings basically forever

Amazon confirms it keeps your Alexa recordings basically forever

The company admitted in April that human employees listened to a "small sample" of Alexa audio recordings to transcribe and annotate to help improve the software, one of the several reports that led Coons to issue his request for information to Amazon.

Privacy Concerns Could Impact Alexa Device Sales This Prime Day

Privacy Concerns Could Impact Alexa Device Sales This Prime Day

But a new PCMag survey of US consumers who plan to purchase tech on Prime Day indicates that privacy concerns, including revelations that Amazon has thousands of people listening to Alexa voice recordings every day, may impact sales of these devices.

When AI-enhanced customer service is on the line, so is your privacy

When AI-enhanced customer service is on the line, so is your privacy

Another feature that a unified pool of messaging data makes possible is “sentiment analysis”, to provide human agents with the context they need to personalize future customer interactions.

New Amazon feature lets users tell Alexa to delete recent voice recordings and commands

New Amazon feature lets users tell Alexa to delete recent voice recordings and commands

The company today announced new ways for Alexa users to delete recordings of voice commands they’ve made on Echo speakers and other devices that use the digital assistant.

China social media: WeChat and the Surveillance State

China social media: WeChat and the Surveillance State

China's WeChat is a site for social interaction, a form of currency, a dating app, a tool for sporting teams and deliverer of news: Twitter, Facebook, Googlemaps, Tinder and Apple Pay all rolled into one.

How creepy is your smart speaker?

How creepy is your smart speaker?

But as smart speakers from Amazon, Apple, Google and other technology giants proliferate (global sales more than doubled last year, to 86.2m) concerns that they might be digitally snooping have become more widespread.

Amazon preparing a wearable that ‘reads human emotions,’ says report

Amazon preparing a wearable that ‘reads human emotions,’ says report

“Discern the wearer’s emotional state from the sound of his or her voice” Lab126 has already been responsible for the Kindle, the Fire Phone, and the Echo speaker that first introduced Alexa to the world, and a report last year suggested the group is also developing a home robot .

Virtual kidnappings are rattling families across the US

Virtual kidnappings are rattling families across the US

But Horton noted the majority of virtual kidnapping scams that he sees aren't targeted: "Many of these cases are done at random based on cold-calling numbers, even hotel rooms or wealthy area codes, and using social media posts to search for more information.".

WhatsApp Users Under Surveillance Attack

WhatsApp Users Under Surveillance Attack

It is confirmed that hackers have been able to remotely install surveillance software on phones and other devices, by taking advantage of a major flaw in what they discovered in messaging app, WhatsApp. WhatsApp is one of Facebook’s family apps, and Facebook’s challenges with privacy and data breaches has been a matter of public show over the last couple of months, as such, this goes on to add to the larger corporate entity’s headaches.

Amazon Alexa transcripts live on, even after you delete voice records

Amazon Alexa transcripts live on, even after you delete voice records

Facebook said it deletes the data and transcribed text for its smart assistant when it's activated through the wake word "Hey Portal." Beyond the data transcribed from a person's voice commands to Alexa, Amazon also noted that it stored text data on the smart assistant's responses.

Google's Next-Gen Assistant Will Change the Way We Use Our Phones

Google's Next-Gen Assistant Will Change the Way We Use Our Phones

Continued conversation is already part of Google Home, but not Assistant on our phones, but without it the speed required for true seamless voice control wouldn’t be possible.

Amazon accused of using Echo Dot Kids to illegally collect data on children

Amazon accused of using Echo Dot Kids to illegally collect data on children

A coalition of 19 consumer and privacy groups plans to file a complaint Thursday alleging that Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids Edition is illegally collecting voice recordings and other identifying information on users under 13 and that the system’s parental controls are flawed.

Privacy Experts, Senators Demand Investigation of Amazon’s Child Data Collection Practices

Privacy Experts, Senators Demand Investigation of Amazon’s Child Data Collection Practices

For example, the Privacy Notice discloses that Amazon collects “search term and search result information from some searches conducted through the Web search features offered by our subsidiary, Alexa Internet,” but it does not say whether it does so when a child is using the Echo Dot Kids Edition.

ICO says that voice data collected unlawfully by HMRC should be deleted

ICO says that voice data collected unlawfully by HMRC should be deleted

The ICO issued a preliminary enforcement notice to HMRC on April 4, 2019 stating the Information Commissioner’s initial decision to compel the department to delete all biometric data held under the Voice ID system for which it does not have explicit consent.

The “Always Listening” Virtual Assistants and Threats to Privacy

The “Always Listening” Virtual Assistants and Threats to Privacy

A team of researchers examined the phonetic abilities of Google Home and Amazon Alexa and found that it’s possible to mimic legit voice commands to carry out a cyber-attack.

The Terrible Truth About Alexa

The Terrible Truth About Alexa

It’s starting to feel like Alexa and other voice assistants are destined to spy on us because that’s how the system was designed to work. In the Alexa privacy settings, you can opt out of letting Amazon use your recordings to develop new features and improve transcriptions.

Google can still use Bluetooth to track your Android phone when Bluetooth is turned off

Google can still use Bluetooth to track your Android phone when Bluetooth is turned off

A Quartz investigation found that a user can turn Bluetooth off on their smartphone running Google’s Android software, and the phone will continue to use Bluetooth to collect location-related data and transmit that data to Google.

41% of voice assistant users have concerns about trust and privacy, report finds

41% of voice assistant users have concerns about trust and privacy, report finds

And perhaps people should be concerned — all the major voice assistants, including those from Google, Amazon, Apple and Samsung as well as Microsoft, employ humans who review the voice data collected from end users.

Google and Privacy, a Trust Issue | One Step Closer to the Black Mirror.

Google and Privacy, a Trust Issue | One Step Closer to the Black Mirror.

Now that you can access my activity page here you can see how much Google has kept track of your data. As explained earlier the only possible answer to the question is that Google uses all this data to cater to businesses.

How to delete your voice recordings from Google Assistant

How to delete your voice recordings from Google Assistant

It has a recording of my voice — or my wife's — asking Google Assistant everything — such as playing music, turning off the bedroom lights, getting directions. I don't mind if it saves a few commands for the sake of creating a better product.

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