It seems as if people are going to need their own modern updated versions of the Enigma and Cipher Machines from WWII to have any hope of privacy. Our collective loss of privacy has been a long time in manifesting, and should not come as a surprise to anyone that’s been paying even a moderate amount of attention to the multitude of ways we’re all spied upon on a daily basis.
Truth is we’re all ‘Surrounded’ in every direction, and in more ways than we’d like to realize. But, a recent article by Leo Hohmann titled ‘How Google Secretly Records Your Private Conversations’ sheds new light on this topic. To those who value their privacy, this is quite ‘mortifying’ to realize the depth and breadth of just how ‘institutionalized’ the snooping has become. Truly disturbing is the reality of just how powerless the general public is to change the situation, and still be part of ‘the mix’.
Here are some quotes from the article by Leo Hohmann;
“Google has effectively turned millions of its users’ smartphones into listening devices that can record and store conversations not meant for Google’s ears”
“Every Android phone user who has ever used Google’s Assistant, which is similar to Apple’s Siri, is unknowingly sending voice recordings to the tech giant’s servers, where they are stored “in the cloud” indefinitely. Google tells its users it only turns on and begins recording when they utter the words, “OK Google”
“But an investigation by the Sun, a U.K.-based newspaper, has found that the virtual assistant is “a little hard of hearing”
“In some cases, just responding “OK” during a private conversation with a friend prompted Google to access the phone speaker and record around 20 seconds of audio. “It regularly switches on the microphone as you go about your day-to-day activities, none the wiser,” the Sun reports”
“Once Google is done recording, it uploads the audio files to its massive data centers.Google is literally monitoring millions of conversations every day and “storing the creepy audio files” in perpetuity, according to the report. These files are accessible from absolutely anywhere in the world – as long as you have an Internet connection”
“That means any device that is signed into your personal Gmail or Google account can access the library of your deepest, darkest secrets,” the Sun reports. The newspaper then provides instructions on how to access your library of recorded conversations online”
“So if you’re on a laptop right now and signed into Gmail – you could have a listen,” the Sun says. After the Sun presented examples of the voice recognition flaws to Google, a spokesman said: “We only process voice searches after the phone believes the hot word ‘OK Google’ is detected. Audio snippets are used by Google to improve the quality of speech recognition across Search”
“Mundane voice recordings from the general public will help its artificial intelligence that runs Google Home, by teaching it how humans naturally communicate”
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