How low-paid Microsoft contractors train Cortana by listening to you

Recently there have been reports about how big tech companies such as Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook have actually been taking our audio recordings made through digital assistants and having them analyzed and transcribed by outside contractors. According to the companies, this was done in a bid to improve on the overall quality and accuracy of their products.However, following the discovery, many of these tech companies announced that they would be temporarily halting these programs and making changes so that customers can opt out of them in the future. But Microsoft seems to be taking a slightly different approach, where the company actually seems to be doubling down on the humans who will be used to help transcribe these recordings.In a statement made to Motherboard, a Microsoft spokesperson said, “We realized, based on questions raised recently, that we could do a better job specifying that humans sometimes review this content.” The company adds, “Our processing of personal data for

How low-paid Microsoft contractors train Cortana by listening to you

Not only does Microsoft have human contractors listen to some of your Skype and Cortana voice recordings, those contractors are paid poorly and given repetitive tasks, according ...

8 hours ago from The Verge

Microsoft bucks trend, maintains contractor reviews of voice recording

It's in the same situation, but Microsoft is taking a different path on voice privacy.

Thu 15 Aug 19 from Arstechnica

Microsoft tweaks privacy policy to admit humans can listen to Skype Translator and Cortana audio

Microsoft is the latest tech giant to amend its privacy policy after media reports revealed it uses human contractors to review audio recordings of Skype and Cortana users. A section in the ...

Thu 15 Aug 19 from TechCrunch

Microsoft will continue to let humans transcribe Skype Translations and Cortana conversations

As reported by Motherboard, though, Microsoft has broken away from the pack and will continue to employ transcriptionists (both contractors and full-time employees). These individuals will listen ...

Thu 15 Aug 19 from Techspot

Microsoft Says Humans Will Continue To Transcribe Cortana And Skype Audio

Recently there have been reports about how big tech companies such as Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook have actually been taking our audio recordings made through digital assistants and ...

Thu 15 Aug 19 from Ubergizmo

Microsoft says humans will still transcribe Cortana and Skype audio

Just like seemingly every other major tech company with a voice assistant or voice chat service, it emerged that Microsoft contractors were listening to Skype and Cortana recordings. ...

Wed 14 Aug 19 from Engadget

Microsoft's latest privacy policy says vendors listen to voice data

Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday it updated its privacy policy to let customers know that it had been collecting voice data of its users with the help of employees and contractors.

Wed 14 Aug 19 from Reuters Technology

Microsoft says humans could be listening to Skype calls - CNET

They could also be listening to conversations with virtual assistant Cortana.

Wed 14 Aug 19 from CNET

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