The hack, which affected tens of thousands of Microsoft Exchange Server customers around the world and triggered a “whole of government response” from the White House, reportedly left a number of backdoors that could let any number of hackers right into those systems again.
Google wants its Nest Hub to become a fixture in hotel rooms so that guests can enjoy their stay without having to actually touch any of the amenities they are paying for.
Yet punters noticed their Google Homes had been recording random sounds, without any wake word uttered, when they started receiving notifications on their phone that showed the device had heard things like a smoke alarm beeping, or glass breaking in their homes – all without giving their approval.
While the elderly might have showed up late to the internet and smartphones, there’s no reason to be believe they will be immune to the consequences that young people in particular are now beginning to understand.
Call centre workers who check how helpful our voice assistants are say they hear private conversations and couples having sex.Call-centre workers for companies such as Apple, Amazon and Google are hired to check recordings made by voice assistants including Alexa and Siri for accuracy and helpfulness.
Amazon is rolling out Multilingual mode to Alexa, which lets users in the US speak Spanish to their Alexa devices.Multilingual mode is meant to let users switch between languages quickly, as bilingual speakers may do at home with their families.
The US government's Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) nonetheless has been relying on online translation services offered by Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo to read refugees' non-English social media posts and judge whether or not they should be allowed into the Land of the Free™.
The issue of technology-company workers listening and transcribing audio recordings made via smart speakers and virtual assistant apps came to the fore in April, when the Bloomberg news agency reported Amazon, Google and Apple were all involved in the practice.
If OK Google or Google Assistant are active on your Android device but you are not using these tools, you may want to consider disabling those.Here is how you disable OK Google on your device:Open the Google application on the Android device.
The increasing popularity of Alexa, Apple's Siri and Google Assistant has triggered concerns from politicians and privacy enforcers over how some companies handle recordings from users interacting with their voice assistants.
A recently filed class-action lawsuit accuses Apple of violating user privacy by recording consumers and minors with its Siri digital assistant without consent.Apple is facing a class-action lawsuit claiming that the company's Siri voice assistant is violating customer privacy by recording users without their consent.
Voice assistants are listening to you: How to delete Siri, Alexa and Google recordings.Open the app or go to Settings > Alexa Privacy > Review Voice History Click “Enable deletion by voice” You will be able to ask Alexa to delete your recordings.
Following the leak of Google Assistant user voice recordings last month, Google said human reviewers listen to voice recordings to improve the assistant’s ability to recognize accents, languages, and dialects.
Both Google and Apple are suspending some of their voice data-review practices, after separate reports in the past month revealed the extent to which the companies allow humans to listen to private conversations.
The suspension was prompted by a report in the Guardian last week that revealed the company’s contractors “regularly” hear confidential and private information while carrying out the grading process, including in-progress drug deals, medical details and people having sex.
News Hub. German regulator bans Google from listening to Google Home recordings for three months across Europe. Hamburg’s Data Protection Authority has banned Google from listening to conversations recorded on Google Home devices for three months across Europe.
Read: Alexa Is Listening All The Time: Here's How To Stop It. Last week, various articles reported that Amazon responded to a letter sent by Senator Christopher Coons in late May, confirming that it maintains Alexa recordings indefinitely (unless a user manually comes in and deletes them).
They claimed accidental activations are much more frequent than Apple lets on, especially with Apple Watch users – and wants the company to own up to the problem.“There have been countless instances of recordings featuring private discussions between doctors and patients, business deals, seemingly criminal dealings, sexual encounters and so on.
both Amazon and Google have confirmed that they do indeed have contractors in their employment who listen to audio clips from users. Shockingly, both Amazon and Google have confirmed that they do indeed have contractors in their employment who listen to audio clips from users.
Apple contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality control, or “grading”, the company’s Siri voice assistant, the Guardian has learned.
In a statement to The Atlantic, a spokesperson for Amazon said that the company values consumer privacy and that the assistant is completely optional. For Amazon, the assistant credit isn’t a purchase; it’s an investment.
Amazon has an offer for customers who sign up for its Amazon Assistant shopping tool: Install the service, and we'll give you $10 -- for the right to your browsing data.
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.
ToyTalk, the company that powers the software in the doll, said in a statement to the Guardian the conversations recorded by the program were for improving the language-processing feature.