How Google Contractors End Up Hearing Your ConversationsNewser — Arden Dier
Google has confirmed contractors around the world listen to samples of audio recorded by the virtual Google Assistant on smart speakers and Android devices. The confirmation comes after a rogue Dutch contractor reportedly shared more than 1,000 audio clips with Belgian public broadcaster VRT NWS, which notes 153 conversations were clearly not directed at a Google device.
The devices are typically activated with the tap of a button or hotwords like "OK, Google," but VRT News found that the recording can start when something that loosely resembles a hotword is said.
Per USA Today, the conversations included fights between couples, explicit bedroom talk, confidential business calls, and discussions with children. "In these recordings we could clearly hear addresses and other sensitive information,” reads the VRT NWS report. "This made it easy for us to find the people involved and confront them with the audio recordings."
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