Spotify granted patent to use mic to infer emotional state, age, gender, and accent

Spotify granted patent to use mic to infer emotional state, age, gender, and accent

Spotify has been granted a patent on using your phone’s microphone to analyze the sounds around you for the purpose of giving song recommendations.It’s hard to tell when exactly Spotify might start trying to utilize your phone’s microphone for more than just receiving voice commands.

Indians are so lonely they said ‘I love you’ to Amazon’s Alexa 19,000 times a day in 2020; read more

Indians are so lonely they said ‘I love you’ to Amazon’s Alexa 19,000 times a day in 2020; read more

Led by Amazon Echo devices, the shipments of smart home speakers were expected to cross 7.5 lakh units in India by the end of 2020, which is an all-time high, according to market research firm techARC.

Spotify patents technology to recommend songs based on the speech, emotion of users

Spotify patents technology to recommend songs based on the speech, emotion of users

News Highlights: Spotify patents technology to recommend songs based on the speech, emotion of users.What is going on: Music stores worldwide reported this week that Spotify had filed in February 2018 and was granted this month a patent dat “uses speech recognition to determine [users’] “emotional state, gender, age, or accent” – characteristics that can then be used to recommend content.

Microsoft Could Bring You Back From The Dead... As A Chat Bot

Microsoft Could Bring You Back From The Dead... As A Chat Bot

“The specific person may also correspond to oneself (e.g., the user creating/training the chat bot,” the patent adds, raising the possibility of people training up a digital version of themselves before they die.

Police are increasingly using digital vehicle forensics to solve cases

Police are increasingly using digital vehicle forensics to solve cases

The same way that a smart phone’s location data and gyroscope data can be used to infer certain things about the phone holder’s location and actions, many people aren’t aware that similar information is stored in a black box within your car.

Microsoft Warns: A Strong Password Doesn’t Work, Neither Does Typical Multi-Factor Authentication

Microsoft Warns: A Strong Password Doesn’t Work, Neither Does Typical Multi-Factor Authentication

picture alliance via Getty Images The Director of Identity Security at Microsoft has been warning about the inefficacy of passwords and more recently about standard Multi-Factor Authentication or MFA.He should know: the team he works with at Microsoft defends against hundreds of millions of password-based attacks every day.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: October 23, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: October 23, 2020

Court documents have revealed that internet service providers have been conducting secret traffic analysis on customers to monitor IPTV activity.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

Google tests smart displays that activate without a wake word

Google tests smart displays that activate without a wake word

Instead, the feature codenamed “Blue Steel” could allow the device to simply sense your presence, and proactively listen for commands without first needing to hear the wake word.

Amazon Staff Are Listening To Alexa Conversations -- Here's What To Do

Amazon Staff Are Listening To Alexa Conversations -- Here's What To Do

But some people might be looking to throw away their device after it emerged that Amazon employs thousands of people around the world to listen to voice recordings captured in Echo users’ homes and offices.

Kids' Smartwatches Are a Security Nightmare Despite Years of Warnings

Kids' Smartwatches Are a Security Nightmare Despite Years of Warnings

Several of the watches had even more severe vulnerabilities, allowing hackers to send voice and text messages to children that appear to come from their parents, to intercept communications between parents and children, and even to record audio from a child's surroundings and eavesdrop on them.

Amazon announces Halo, a fitness band and app that scans your body and voice

Amazon announces Halo, a fitness band and app that scans your body and voice

The app that goes along with it comes with the usual set of fitness tracking features along with two innovative — and potentially troubling — ideas: using your camera to create 3D scans for body fat and listening for the emotion in your voice.

Signal >> Blog >> A new platform is calling: Help us test one-to-one voice and video conversations on Signal Desktop

Signal >> Blog >> A new platform is calling: Help us test one-to-one voice and video conversations on Signal Desktop

The latest beta release of Signal Desktop includes preliminary support for one-to-one voice and video calls.Call your friends and family on macOS, Windows, and Linux; see their smiles on a larger screen; hear their laughter through the big speakers on your desk; and help us test the next generation of calling on Signal.

German police can access any WhatsApp message without any malware

German police can access any WhatsApp message without any malware

German police nab a terror suspect by allegedly spying on his Whatsapp messages using Web. German media has reported that the German Federal Criminal Agency (Bundeskriminalamt or BKA) can access any WhatsApp users’ messages without the help of any malware.

This device keeps Alexa and other voice assistants from snooping on you

This device keeps Alexa and other voice assistants from snooping on you

Researchers hack Siri, Alexa, and Google Home by shining lasers at themBesides detecting inadvertent audio transmissions, the device will spot virtually any activation of a voice assistant, including those that are malicious.

Petition · Revoke the Australian Anti-Encryption Law · Change.org

Petition · Revoke the Australian Anti-Encryption Law · Change.org

Save the privacy of all Australians and keep your favourite tech companies in Australia by letting parliament know that we do not support the ignorance of privacy and security in our nation.

Here’s How Google Tracks You

Here’s How Google Tracks You

The information Google gets from you: According to Google, only three kinds of personal data are collected from its users: Things you do Things you create Things that make you “you” How Google gets all your data: Your digital persona grows the more you use Google products to search for stuff, read and send email, browse the web, use apps, and especially if you own an Android mobile device.

Uncovered: 1,000 phrases that incorrectly trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant

Uncovered: 1,000 phrases that incorrectly trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant

The findings demonstrate how common it is for dialog in TV shows and other sources to produce false triggers that cause the devices to turn on, sometimes sending nearby sounds to Amazon, Apple, Google, or other manufacturers.

How to Get the Most Out of Signal and Encrypted Chat

How to Get the Most Out of Signal and Encrypted Chat

By doing so, they can now take advantage of Signal’s end-to-end encryption, which means that no one—not the government, your phone company, or Signal itself—can read the contents of messages as they pass between devices.

Former Amazon executive says he switches off Alexa for "private moments"

Former Amazon executive says he switches off Alexa for "private moments"

In April last year, it was reported that Amazon employs thousands of contractors and full-time workers around the world to listen to voice recordings captured by Echo devices.

Wearable Microphone Jamming

Wearable Microphone Jamming

Furthermore, by arranging the transducers in a ring layout, our wearable jams in multiple directions and protects the privacy of its user’s voice, anywhere and anytime, without requiring its user to manually point the jammer to the eavesdropping microphones.

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.

Let’s Reverse Engineer Discord

Let’s Reverse Engineer Discord

After encrypting the entire stream and sending with an RTP header, we can see this packet received and decrypted by our remote Discord client which is in a debugger.

Microsoft Outsourced Skype, Cortana Voice Analysis to China With Virtually No Security in Place: Report

Microsoft Outsourced Skype, Cortana Voice Analysis to China With Virtually No Security in Place: Report

A man walks past Google offices in Beijing in 2014.Photo: Greg Baker/AFP (AP)Microsoft had “no security measures” on a program that had humans transcribe user voice recordings from its Skype video calling service and Cortana assistant, the Guardian reported on Friday, even when those workers were located in China.

Facial and voice recognition in cars sounds like a privacy nightmare

Facial and voice recognition in cars sounds like a privacy nightmare

As all this monitoring happens, it's easy to forget how much data cars are starting to collect — including personal health details like your heart and respiration rate.

Skype audio graded by workers in China with 'no security measures'

Skype audio graded by workers in China with 'no security measures'

A Microsoft programme to transcribe and vet audio from Skype and Cortana, its voice assistant, ran for years with “no security measures”, according to a former contractor who says he reviewed thousands of potentially sensitive recordings on his personal laptop from his home in Beijing over the two years he worked for the company.

Why Amazon, Google and Apple want to record our assistant interactions

Why Amazon, Google and Apple want to record our assistant interactions

Every person who brings a new Echo speaker from Amazon into their home gets automatically recorded every time they utter the "Alexa" wake word."Users can opt in to help Siri improve by learning from audio samples of their requests," Apple says.

Google really is listening and recording on apps

Google really is listening and recording on apps

When you set up your Google account, it asks you to "opt in" to let Google track your video and audio recordings.Google, we discovered, can record, store and archive your queries when using the apps or even https://t.co/lhIuCc5DLl and voice search.

Should colleges really be putting smart speakers in dorms?

Should colleges really be putting smart speakers in dorms?

However, there are plenty of people on campus who see a dark side.“When it comes to deploying listening devices where sensitive conversations occur, we simply have no idea what long-term effect having conversations recorded and kept by Amazon might have on their futures—even, quite possibly, on their health and well-being,” says Russell Newman, an Emerson professor who researches the political economy of communication and communications policy.

'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.

Hackers Can Silently Control Your Google Home, Alexa, Siri With Laser Light

Hackers Can Silently Control Your Google Home, Alexa, Siri With Laser Light

According to experiments done by a team of researchers from Japanese and Michigan Universities, a remote attacker standing at a distance of several meters away from a device can covertly trigger the attack by simply modulating the amplitude of laser light to produce an acoustic pressure wave.