“The use of automatic speech assistants from providers such as Google, Apple and Amazon is proving to be highly risky for the privacy of those affected,” the German commissioner’s statement says, pointing to privacy concerns not only for device owners, but for visitors to homes with those devices. Google, according to the statement, will stop the practice of listening to and transcribing recordings for at least three months across the European Union, as the regulator looks into the issue.
A Google spokesperson said it had itself moved to pause “language reviews” while it investigated recent media leaks.
“We are in touch with the Hamburg data protection authority and are assessing how we conduct audio reviews and help our users understand how data is used,” the spokesperson said.
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