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



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.

After obtaining copies of some recordings, VRT NWS reached out to the users and had them verify their voice, or those of their children, talking to the digital assistant.

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