Thanks to how your Google Home voice assistant records our conversations, which are sometimes triggered by mistake, audio clips — both those recorded on purpose and otherwise — are being sent to engineers working on Google Home voice processing. With the help of a whistleblower, VRT listened to some of the clips. Its reporters managed to hear enough to discern the addresses of several Dutch and Belgian people using Google Home, in spite of the fact that some of them never said the listening trigger phrases. One couple looked surprised and uncomfortable when the news outlet played them recordings of their grandchildren.
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What most of us may not realize is that in some instances, there might be a person listening in, too. In two separate reports in The Guardian and Bloomberg News, whistle-blowers recently said they had listened in on Siri recordings and Alexa activations that inadvertently recorded couples having sex and criminals making drug deals. Another publication, VRT, chronicled how a Google subcontractor shared more than 1, excerpts from Google recordings , which journalists then used to identify some individuals. It takes lots of people manually sifting through data to train the computing systems.
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