Smarthome device manufacturer admits that employees are listening to you

We as human beings have some terrible habits, that’s known, but perhaps our most worrisome recurring action is being overlooked entirely.

I’m speaking of our willingness to trade our personal privacy for convenience.  We do this every day in 2019 thanks to the power of the internet, and its ability to streamline our lives.

I must ask, when was the last time that you actually went into a bank?

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We divert these more mundane activities to the digital realm for the sake of ease, but, in doing so, we open ourselves up to any number of security risks.

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That’s why so many Americans were attempting to raise the alarm on Smarthome devices, such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home, as this was essentially allowing these enormous corporations to wiretap your house.

Think about it for a second:  Amazon has not only given you a way to simply ask a piece of plastic to order dog food for you, but it has given the retailer a bevy of users from which to extract browsing and usage data that is then sold to advertisers so that they can weaponize your own behavior against you in pursuit of your money.

Of course, these companies all claim to be utilizing these powerful devices ethically, but reports from inside one of the world’s most powerful Smarthome networks says otherwise.

Google employees listen to customers’ audio recordings on Google Home smart speakers, the technology giant has admitted.

Language experts are employed to analyse “snippets” of recordings made by users, which Google claims helps improve its voice recognition technology.

This is then used to develop the Google Assistant artificial intelligence system, which is used in its Google Home smart speakers and Android smartphones.

The explanation for the invasion was tepid, at best.

In a statement, the company said a small number of anonymous recordings were transcribed by its experts, and revealed that an investigation had been launched after some Dutch audio data had been leaked.

“We partner with language experts around the world to improve speech technology by transcribing a small set of queries – this work is critical to developing technology that powers products like the Google Assistant,” Google said.

“Language experts only review around 0.2% of all audio snippets, and these snippets are not associated with user accounts as part of the review process.”

Just as trading freedom for security is a recipe for tyranny, so too is trading privacy for convenience.

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