Thanks to how your Google Home voice assistant records our conversations, which are sometimes triggered by mistake, audio clips — both those recorded on purpose and otherwise — are being sent to engineers working on Google Home voice processing. With the help of a whistleblower, VRT listened to some of the clips. Its reporters managed to hear enough to discern the addresses of several Dutch and Belgian people using Google Home, in spite of the fact that some of them never said the listening trigger phrases. One couple looked surprised and uncomfortable when the news outlet played them recordings of their grandchildren. The whistleblower who leaked the recordings was working as a subcontractor to Google, transcribing the audio files for subsequent use in improving its speech recognition.
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