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Facebook employed contractors to listen to user recordings

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Facebook has admitted using contractors to listen to and transcribe recordings of users without their knowledge. The tech giant told Sky News it had now followed Apple and Google in stopping the practice, which was first reported after contractors who worked on the project spoke to Bloomberg. “Much like Apple and Google, we paused human Read More

Amazon’s Alexa comes under scrutiny of Luxembourg privacy watchdog

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FILE PHOTO: Mike George, VP Alexa, Echo and Appstore for Amazon, speaks during the LG press conference at CES in Las Vegas, U.S., January 4, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/File Photo BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Luxembourg’s privacy regulator has asked Amazon (AMZN.O) for information regarding its Alexa voice assistant, an indication of rising regulatory unease over companies’ use Read More

Voice assistant companies abandon snooping practices after being found out

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Amazon has become the latest of the trio of tech giants to curb their secretive harvesting and processing of voice recordings via virtual assistants. The practice was rife with Google and Apple, as well. Amazon announced on Friday it would allow users of its smartphone assistance app Alexa to deny the company access to their Read More

Apple halts Siri response grading program after privacy concerns

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FILE PHOTO: Silhouette of mobile user is seen next to a screen projection of Apple logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo (Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said on Friday it suspended its global program where it analyzed recordings from users interacting with its voice assistant Siri, after some privacy Read More

Getting under the hood of Amazon’s auto ambitions

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DETROIT (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc is expanding its transportation prowess to do virtually everything short of building a car. Amazon’s Scout sidewalk robot is shown in this photo provided July 25, 2019. Courtesy Amazon.com/Handout via REUTERS While Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has said little publicly about the company’s ambitions in the sector, the Read More

Siri ‘regularly’ records sex encounters, sends ‘countless’ private moments to Apple contractors

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Apple’s Siri AI assistant sends audio of sexual encounters, embarrassing medical information, drug deals, and other private moments recorded without users’ knowledge to human ‘graders’ for evaluation, a whistleblower has revealed. Recordings from Apple’s Siri voice assistant are fed to human contractors around the world, who grade the AI based on the quality of its Read More

Amazon’s push for one-day delivery dents profits, costs up 21%

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(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) on Thursday reported its first profit miss in two years and said income would slump in the current quarter, as the online retailer ramps up spending on one-day delivery to spark sales growth. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics centre in Boves, France, January Read More

Amazon rivals ride on Prime Day marketing as protests unfold

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc’s Prime Day is now a major marketing opportunity and shopping event in the annual calendar for other U.S. retail companies, rivaling the Thanksgiving holiday’s Black Friday as a driver of sales. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen on the door of an Amazon Books retail store in Read More