Published: Tue, July 16, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Google’s language experts are listening to some recordings from its AI assistant

Google’s language experts are listening to some recordings from its AI assistant

Despite repeatedly assuring customers that though the Google smart speakers and Google Assistant data may get recorded and stored but none of it can be accessed by the employees, the tech giant failed to provide data privacy.

The recordings were obtained by the Belgian public broadcaster VRT, which reviewed more than 1,000 audio clips and found 153 had been captured accidentally.

A language reviewer under contract to Google to analyze samples of voice data collected by its Google Assistant software has leaked more than 1,000 sound recordings of users, putting its biometric and artificial intelligence training practices back in the spotlight, and putting the company on the back foot.

According to the firm, the results from this AI-oriented analysis are then deployed into its Google Home smart speakers and the production of Android OS-based smartphones.

However, the leak of a confidential Dutch audio data was a breach of their data security policies and Google is already conducting investigations and will take actions.

Be that as it may, VRT reporters could hear spoken home addresses in a portion of the recordings, and had the option to find the speakers. Privacy concerns with Google Home Devices Different companies focus on providing new technology just to ease its users.

Raids Near for Some Immigrant Families in US
Immigration agents are planning to target newly settled migrant families, the majority of whom are without a criminal record. Human rights activists are broadcasting emergency numbers so that migrants affected by the ICE raids can contact lawyers.


The recordings in question are clippings that Google pulls in order to improve voice responses from its Google Assistant. A spokesperson from Google stated that it's reviewing their safeguards to prevent any similar misconduct in the future.

While Google emphasizes that it anonymizes the snippets, replacing the user's name with a serial number, Belgian broadcaster VRT found that matching a voice snippet with its owner was not very hard, given the ample provide of addresses and sensitive information found on the recordings they got.

After the news of Amazon employees listening to your Echo audio recordings, now we have the non-shocker report of Google employees doing the same.

Google said the transcription process was a necessary part of providing voice assistant technologies to its global users.

Monsees said further that Google's partners only listen to "around 0.2 percent of all audio snippets".

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.

Like this: