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Apple and Google temporarily stop listening to Siri and OK Google queries

August 2nd, 2019
An Apple Watch on a person's wrist, with the Siri voice assistant activated.

Enlarge / An Apple Watch Nike+ Series 4. (credit: Getty Images | Wachiwit)

Apple workers have stopped listening to Siri queries worldwide, the company said this week. Apple plans to bring back human reviews of Siri voice recordings at some unspecified date, but the company said it will only review them when customers specifically opt in to the practice.

Separately, Google today confirmed that it recently "paused" human reviews of Google Assistant queries worldwide.

Apple's decision to stop having humans listen to Siri queries follows a report last week that contractors who review the recordings for accuracy heard private discussions and even sexual encounters.

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Google workers listen to your “OK Google” queries—one of them leaked recordings

July 11th, 2019
Three different Google Home smart speakers sitting next to each other on a table.

Enlarge / The Google Home Mini, the original Google Home, and the Google Home Max. (credit: Google)

Google today defended its practice of having workers listen to users' Google Assistant queries, following the leak of 1,000 voice recordings to a media outlet. Google also said it will try to prevent future leaks of its users' voice recordings.

VRT NWS, a news organization run by a public broadcaster in the Flemish region of Belgium, said it "was able to listen to more than a thousand [Google Assistant] recordings" that it received from a Google subcontractor.

Google Assistant is used on Google Home smart speakers, Android devices, and Chromebooks.

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Your gadget could save your life: smart speaker phones police

July 11th, 2017

We write a lot about the privacy issues of smart speakers in your home – but one device might have saved lives in an alleged hostage situation

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