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Google says leaked assistant recordings are a violation of data security policies

[2019.07.12, Fri 02:04] Earlier this week, a report from Belgium-based VRT NWS revealed that Google employees had been "Systematically listening" to audio files recorded by Google Home smart speakers and the Google Assistant smartphone app. The report detailed how employees were listening to excerpts of recordings that are captured when a user activates the device by the usual "Okay Google" or "Hey Google" commands. Google has said providing the recordings was a violation of its data security policies. "We just learned that one of these language reviewers has violated our data security policies by leaking confidential Dutch audio data. Our Security and Privacy Response teams have been activated on this issue, are investigating, and we will take action. We are conducting a full review of our safeguards in this space to prevent misconduct like this from happening again," the blog penned by Google product manager of Search David Monsees said. The company said the Google Assistant only sends audio to Google after the device has been activated. In February, Google detailed that its Nest Guard, the centrepiece of the Nest Secure home alarm system, would soon receive Google Assistant functionality - meaning the device needed to have both a speaker and microphone. Google unveiled the next-generation Google Assistant at I/O 2019, featuring an on-device speech recognition model-bypassing the need to upload voice samples to cloud systems. Google the news >>

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