Microsoft Contractors Listened to Xbox Owners in Their Homes

Microsoft Contractors Listened to Xbox Owners in Their Homes

Contractors working for Microsoft have listened to audio of Xbox users speaking in their homes in order to improve the console’s voice command features, Motherboard has learned. (Microsoft did not explicitly say humans may review audio recordings from its products in its privacy policy until after Motherboard's earlier reporting on Skype and Cortana).

U.S. Senator Gary Peters of Michigan

U.S. Senator Gary Peters of Michigan

“This week, reports disclosed that Facebook has been paying third-parties to transcribe private audio conversations of Facebook users. This week, reports disclosed that Facebook has been paying third-parties to transcribe private audio conversations of Facebook users.

Data Protection Commission seeks answers from Facebook on audio transcription

Data Protection Commission seeks answers from Facebook on audio transcription

The Irish regulator, which takes the lead in overseeing Facebook in Europe, said it’s already looking at similar data processing by Google, Apple and Microsoft.

Facebook Records User Audio, Sparking Privacy Questions

Facebook Records User Audio, Sparking Privacy Questions

Hundreds of contractors reportedly were hired to transcribe Messenger voice chats in order to test the accuracy of an AI algorithm — raising questions about what Facebook does with the data.

Facebook collected and transcribed users’ audio without permission

Facebook collected and transcribed users’ audio without permission

Facebook has become the latest tech giant to face scrutiny over its handling of users’ data, following a report that said the social media giant collected audio data and recordings from its users and transcribed it using third-party contractors.

Google halts Assistant speech data transcription in EU

Google halts Assistant speech data transcription in EU

Caspar's office said in a statement that Google told the Hamburg authority transcripts of speech recordings are already suspended and won't take place for at least three months from Thursday.

Everything you wanted to know about media metadata, but were afraid to ask

Everything you wanted to know about media metadata, but were afraid to ask

You can explode a flattened PDF into individual images of the pages using PDF Redact Tools, then feed the pages into Tesseract to create a text document that can be worked on with any language processing tool.

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.

Lawsuit claims Apple violated privacy laws by revealing iTunes listening data

Lawsuit claims Apple violated privacy laws by revealing iTunes listening data

The lawsuit claims that Apple has released personal listening information directly to third parties while also granting app developers access to iTunes libraries through the Media Player framework.

Jeremy Corbyn’s Private Meeting Bugged

Jeremy Corbyn’s Private Meeting Bugged

Sunday the 14th April, The Sunday Times released a recording of a partial, private, conversation between the Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn and Dame Margaret Hodge.

Employee privacy is at stake as surveillance tech monitors workers

Employee privacy is at stake as surveillance tech monitors workers

Earlier this year, Amazon received a patent for an ultrasonic bracelet that can detect a warehouse worker's location and monitor their interaction with inventory bins by using ultrasonic sound pulses.

Accessibility vs Security: Breaking CAPTCHAs by exploiting their accessibility features

Accessibility vs Security: Breaking CAPTCHAs by exploiting their accessibility features

We built an automated system that solves audio captchas using existing speech recognition services. In the paper, we also discussed that all other audio captchas can be solved by leveraging existing speech recognition services.

Privacy fears as Google and Amazon can use smart home data to learn your daily habits

Privacy fears as Google and Amazon can use smart home data to learn your daily habits

Concerns have grown around how much data these applications are collecting and how it's being used In the past, if users asked Alexa to turn on their smart bulb, Alexa would transmit code to the device to check if it was on or off, receive confirmation that it was off and then tell it to turn on, Bloomberg noted.

Spotify will now suspend or terminate accounts it finds are using ad blockers

Spotify will now suspend or terminate accounts it finds are using ad blockers

reply gowld 16 hours ago Pandora and Google Play Music (and maybe Spotify too I don't know) put ads in the audio stream (and video, if you are looking at the app screen while listening to music for some reason).

Firefox 66 to block automatically playing audible video and audio

Firefox 66 to block automatically playing audible video and audio

We only allow a site to play audio or video aloud via the HTMLMediaElement API once a web page has had user interaction to initiate the audio, such as the user clicking on a “play” button. There are some sites on which users want audible autoplay audio and video to be allowed.

PSA: Disable FaceTime. Miscreants can snoop on your iPhone, Mac mic before you pick up call

PSA: Disable FaceTime. Miscreants can snoop on your iPhone, Mac mic before you pick up call

Here's the steps to reproduce the security blunder: on an iPhone, video call a contact using FaceTime on a vulnerable device, and while connecting, swipe up and add a person to the call.

Sleep Number Denies Recording Users in Their Beds, Calls Creepy Privacy Policy 'an Error'

Sleep Number Denies Recording Users in Their Beds, Calls Creepy Privacy Policy 'an Error'

In short, the policy states that the company may collect “Audio in Your room to detect snoring and similar sleep conditions.” On Reddit and , users began pointing to this language as evidence that Sleep Number beds contained hidden microphones recording everything you do.

F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository

F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository

User determined carrier frequency and drift limits with rate for random tone emissions depending on the device capabilities. For instance 20000 Hz carrier, drift limit 1000 Hz and rate slow - will output random frequency between 19 kHz and 21 kHz approximately every second.

Hotstar requesting to record ambient audio

Hotstar requesting to record ambient audio

Hotstar is recently started to requesting users to record their ambient audio for better video recommendations on its app. Users can approve to access your device microphone and recording functions for the fingerprinting process.

HookTube

HookTube

I would have to build a custom player that combines and accurately syncs multiple streams in order to play them for you and that's not a priority right now. The HookTube player uses cookies to remember your preferred settings.