Contract workers regularly listen to, review Google Assistant recordings

Contract workers regularly listen to, review Google Assistant recordings

Google contractors regularly listen to and review some recordings of what people say to artificial-intelligence system Google Assistant, via their pho

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Google contractors regularly listen to and review some recordings of what people say to artificial-intelligence system Google Assistant, via their phone or through smart speakers such as the Google Home.READ MORE: Alexa, are you alone? Amazon staff may be listening to your recordings
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The company acknowledged that humans can access those recordings after some of its Dutch language audio snippets were leaked. Google product manager David Monsees acknowledged the leak in a blog post Thursday, and said the company is investigating the breach.“We are conducting a full review of our safeguards in this space to prevent misconduct like this from happening again,” he wrote.More than 1,000 recordings were obtained by Belgian broadcaster VRT NWS, which noted in a story that some contained sensitive personal conversations — as well as information that identified the person speaking. Google says no user account information is associated with the recordings, and reviewers are instructed not to transcribe background conversations.WATCH: Big tech firms facing greater U.S. oversight

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