In other words, the Google Home device was recording when it shouldn't have been.
Monsees said further that Google's partners only listen to "around 0.2 percent of all audio snippets".
U.S. company Google has acknowledged that its subcontractors can listen to recordings of what people are saying, using the artificial intelligence system Google Assistant.
Google still denies the fact that they're invading the privacy of its users by stating that they're only using those recordings to help them understand users better and ease the life of its users by providing more improved and updated products. The process will create a seamless integration of both the services to help you make the most out of Spotify and Google Assistant. iOS users can also perform the steps to link Google Asisstant installed on their iOS devices to link with Spotify.
Just days after Amazon admitted in a letter that it did not erase transcripts of its users' conversations, Google gets involved in a similar controversy. VRT says they received more than a thousand Google Assistant excerpts in the file dump, and they "could clearly hear addresses and other sensitive information".
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"We just learned that one of these language reviewers has violated our data security policies by leaking confidential Dutch audio data", Google said in the post.
It has made quite a dent in the smart speaker market - still the primary place where people use voice technology - but still trails behind Amazon. The Belgian data leak illustrates a serious issue that needs to be solved. but they do not have anything to do with Google eavesdropping or being duplicitous.
VRT stated that 153 of those conversations should "never have been recorded" as the wake phrase given to Google Home, "OK Google" was never given, thus the devices should not be enabled. Sometimes, we indicate whether it is a man's voice, a woman's voice or a child's voice. Although Google concedes that Google Home and Google Assistant record your interactions with them in their terms & conditions, it doesn't disclose that there are humans who listen to some of this data.
The controversy occurred on Wednesday when a Belgian news site called VRT said a contractor came to it with samples of these recordings.
VRT NWS was additionally capable of discovering the identity of some of the speakers from the data present in the recordings. "We are conducting a full review of our safeguards in this space to prevent misconduct like this from happening again", he said.