Apple Is Suspending the Program Where Siri Listened to Anonymized Recordings

Apple and Google temporarily stop listening to Siri and OK Google queries

Apple Is Suspending the Program Where Siri Listened to Anonymized Recordings

Users who tap "Settings", "Alexa Privacy" and then "Manage How Your Data Improves Alexa" are greeted with new language: "With this setting on, your voice recordings may be used to develop new features and manually reviewed to help improve our services".

Google has chose to temporarily stop contractors from listening to Google Assistant recordings after the company was made aware of a data leak from a Dutch media outlet that had released audio snippets, showing that users had been recorded by their devices unknowingly, according to a report by Business Insider.

Voice assistant companies abandon snooping practices after being found out Amazon has become the latest of the trio of tech giants to curb their secretive harvesting and processing of voice recordings via virtual assistants.

Bloomberg first reported the change earlier today.

"Shortly after we learned about the leaking of confidential Dutch audio data, we paused language reviews of the Assistant to investigate", said a Google spokesperson, according to Business Insider.

By turning off human review, you will still be able to use your Alexa just no one will be listening to your recorded voice commands to Alexa.

First, open the Amazon Alexa app on your iOS or Android device - make sure you have the most recent app update.

Now, Google has confirmed it temporarily won't let workers play back your voice recordings anymore, and has stopped transcribing voice recordings, BBC reported. And, while part of the objective of human review is to stop that from happening, it's a privacy problem.

The news follows on from Apple and Google announcing that it would suspend human reviews of voice commands because of privacy concerns.

A new setting has been implemented that gives users the opportunity to indicate that they'd really rather actual human beings didn't eavesdrop (er. review) on the things they say to Alexa. All three companies have a different approach to handling this growing worry about human reviewers, and hopefully all three will eventually end up in the same place: clearer disclosures, transparent options for managing data, and the ability to not have your voice automatically stored if you don't want it to be.

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