How Surveillance Capitalism Targets the Vulnerable

How Surveillance Capitalism Targets the Vulnerable

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.

'Mind your own business, Alexa!' How to keep secrets from your voice assistant

'Mind your own business, Alexa!' How to keep secrets from your voice assistant

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.

Our Data Future

Our Data Future

She said the programme would walk me through the basics of data property and that I could ask all my questions in real time, receive feedback and get simulations based on the data analysis that was running in the background on my devices.

You can now speak to Alexa in Spanish

You can now speak to Alexa in Spanish

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.

US immigration uses Google Translate to scan people's social media for bad posts – Er, don't do that, says everyone else

US immigration uses Google Translate to scan people's social media for bad posts – Er, don't do that, says everyone else

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™.

Google seeks permission for staff to listen to Assistant recordings

Google seeks permission for staff to listen to Assistant recordings

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.

How to disable OK Google and Google Assistant on Android devices

How to disable OK Google and Google Assistant on Android devices

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.

Amazon's Alexa comes under scrutiny of Luxembourg privacy watchdog

Amazon's Alexa comes under scrutiny of Luxembourg privacy watchdog

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 new lawsuit accuses Apple of violating user's privacy by allowing Siri to record without consent

A new lawsuit accuses Apple of violating user's privacy by allowing Siri to record without consent

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.

How to delete Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant recordings of you

How to delete Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant recordings of you

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.

Amazon lets Alexa users disable human voice recording review

Amazon lets Alexa users disable human voice recording review

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.

Germany orders Google to stop listening in on audio recordings

Germany orders Google to stop listening in on audio recordings

"Other providers of speech assistance systems, such as Apple or Amazon, are invited to also swiftly review the implementation of appropriate measures," Caspar's office said.

Apple and Google halt human voice-data reviews over privacy backlash, but transparency is the real issue

Apple and Google halt human voice-data reviews over privacy backlash, but transparency is the real issue

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.

Apple halts practice of contractors listening in to users on Siri

Apple halts practice of contractors listening in to users on Siri

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.

Amazon says US government demands for customer data went up

Amazon says US government demands for customer data went up

The latest figures in the company’s transparency report, published quietly on its website late Wednesday, said the number of subpoenas it received went up by 14% and search warrants went up by close to 35%.

German regulator bans Google from listening to Google Home recordings for three months across Europe

German regulator bans Google from listening to Google Home recordings for three months across Europe

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.

Amazon Alexa Accused Again Of Spying: Here Is Another Solution

Amazon Alexa Accused Again Of Spying: Here Is Another Solution

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).

Apple Contractors Hear "Sexual Acts" On Accidental Siri Recordings

Apple Contractors Hear "Sexual Acts" On Accidental Siri Recordings

Speaking to the Guardian, the anonymous Apple contractor explained that their role is to “grade” the quality of Siri responses and check whether the voice assistant’s activation was accidental or not.

Siri ‘regularly’ records sex encounters, sends ‘countless’ private moments to Apple contractors

Siri ‘regularly’ records sex encounters, sends ‘countless’ private moments to Apple contractors

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.

Our Very Own Big Brother: Alexa and Google Assistant Are Watching

Our Very Own Big Brother: Alexa and Google Assistant Are Watching

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 details' on Siri recordings

Apple contractors 'regularly hear confidential details' on Siri recordings

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.

What Amazon Thinks You’re Worth

What Amazon Thinks You’re Worth

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 offers Prime Day shoppers $10 to track their web data

Amazon offers Prime Day shoppers $10 to track their web data

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.

Amazon offers $10 to Prime Day shoppers who hand over their data

Amazon offers $10 to Prime Day shoppers who hand over their data

“Customer trust is paramount to Amazon, and we take customer privacy very seriously,” a company spokeswoman said, noting compliance with the assistant’s privacy policy, which says data collection is for websites that users visit “where we may have relevant product or service recommendations.”.

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 and Amazon aren't the only companies taking heat for listening to your private conversations

Google and Amazon aren't the only companies taking heat for listening to your private conversations

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.

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 still keeps a list of everything you ever bought using Gmail, even if you delete all your emails

Google still keeps a list of everything you ever bought using Gmail, even if you delete all your emails

If you bought food for delivery and the receipt went to your Gmail, Google stores that, too. At the time of my original story, Google said users can delete everything by tapping into a purchase and removing the Gmail.

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.