GOOGLE слушает наши личные разговоры

#GOOGLE признал, что его сотрудники слушают ваши личные разговоры, отслеживая детали вашей личной жизни, включая ваше имя и адрес.

Признание технологическим гигантом произошло после того, как ужасное расследование виртуального помощника Google Assistant показало, как люди подслушивают ваши аудиофайлы.

Google Assistant – это помощник по искусственному интеллекту, который живет в смартфонах Android, а также в интеллектуальных колонках Google Home.

Обычно он управляется с помощью голосовых команд, которые представляют собой короткие фрагменты аудио, отправляемые на серверы Google.

Предполагается, что эти аудиофайлы являются частными: компьютер должен их обработать, а затем дать вам ответ, без участия людей.

Но бельгийский вещатель VRT NWS показал, что Google передает эти аудиофайлы подрядчикам.

Этим подрядчикам поручено транскрибировать аудиоклипы, собранные помощником Google.

Это означает, что они будут слышать запросы, сделанные в Google Assistant, без ведома владельца гаджета.

Что еще хуже, аудиоклипы часто записываются помощником Google по ошибке.

Это происходит, когда помощник думает, что вы сказали «Привет, Google» или «ОК, Google», и начинает записывать фоновые шумы.

В результате Google собирает аудиофайлы личных разговоров без вашего ведома или разрешения.


Google ‘eavesdropping on your PRIVATE conversations’ with #Android phones and smart speakers

GOOGLE has admitted that its employees are listening to your private conversations – snooping on details about your personal life, including your name and address.

The admission by the tech giant came after a damning investigation into the #Google Assistant virtual helper revealed how humans are eavesdropping on your audio files.

Audio from Google Home speakers are being listened to by human contractors

Google Assistant is the artificial intelligence helper that lives inside Android smartphones, as well as Google Home smart speakers.

It’s typically controlled using voice commands, which are short snippets of audio sent to Google’s servers.

These audio files are supposed to be private: a computer should process them and then give you an answer, with zero interaction from humans.

But Belgian broadcaster VRT NWS has revealed how Google is handing over these audio files to human contractors.

Even the Google Assistant on your smartphone isn’t safe from human eavesdropping
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These contractors are tasked with transcribing the audio clips collected by the Google Assistant.

This means they’ll hear requests made to the Google Assistant without the knowledge of the gadget owner.

Worse still, audio clips are often recorded by the Google Assistant by mistake.

This happens when the assistant thinks you’ve said “Hey Google” or “OK Google”, and begins recording background noise.

As a result, Google collects audio files of private conversations without your knowledge or permission.

In the investigation, 153 of more than 1,000 recordings leaked by a contractor had been captured accidentally.

And the contractor in question admitted that Google tasked him with transcribing as many as 1,000 audio clips every single week.

Some of the recordings contained troubling material.

“One of our sources says he had to describe a recording where he heard a woman who was in definite distress,” the report reads.

The source added that he felt “physical violence” was a factor in the recording.

What is Google Assistant?

Here’s what you need to know…

  • Google Assistant is a virtual helper that you control using your voice
  • She (or he, if you change the voice) can help you with everyday tasks like finding out about the news or weather
  • It’ll set reminders and timers, let you check your Google calendar, play music, and even make hands-free calls
  • All you need to do is say “OK Google” or “Hey Google” out loud, and then issue a command
  • And if you have compatible smart home gadgets (like a Philips Hue Lightbulb or Nest Thermostat) then you’ll be able to control those using the Google Assistant too

Google claimed that the transcription process is designed to improve the Assistant and make her more useful.

Responding to the report, David Monsees, a Product Manager for Search at Google, said: “We apply a wide range of safeguards to protect user privacy throughout the entire review process.

“Language experts only review around 0.2% of all audio snippets.

“Audio snippets are not associated with user accounts as part of the review process.

“And reviewers are directed not to transcribe background conversations or other noises, and only to transcribe snippets that are directed to Google.”

Google has also criticised the employee who leaked data and said they “violated our data security policies”.

“Our Security and Privacy Response teams have been activated on this issue, are investigating, and we will take action,” Google said.

“We are conducting a full review of our safeguards in this space to prevent misconduct like this from happening again.”

EU Fines Google $1.7 Billion for Abusing Online ads Market

European Union regulators have hit #Google with a 1.49 billion euro ($1.68 billion) fine for abusing its dominant role in online advertising. It’s the third time the commission has slapped Google with an antitrust penalty, following multibillion-dollar fines resulting from separate probes into two other parts of the Silicon Valley giant’s business.   The EU’s competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, announced the results of the long-running probe of Google’s AdSense advertising business at a news conference in Brussels on Wednesday.   “Today’s decision is about how Google abused its dominance to stop websites using brokers other than the AdSense platform,” Vestager said.   The commission found that Google and its parent company, Alphabet, breached EU antitrust rules by imposing restrictive clauses in contracts with websites that used AdSense, preventing Google rivals from placing their ads on these sites.   Google “prevented its rivals from having a chance to innovate and to compete in the market on their merits,” Vestager said. “Advertisers and website owners, they had less choice and likely faced higher prices that would be passed on to consumers.”   AdSense is an older Google product that lets web publishers such as bloggers place text ads on their websites, with the content of the ads based on results from search functions on their sites. Microsoft filed an EU antitrust complaint about the service in 2009 and the EU Commission formally launched its probe in 2016, although it said at the time that Google had already made some changes to allow affected customers more freedom to show competing ads.   Last year, Vestager hit the company with a record 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) fine following an investigation into its Android operating system. In 2017, she slapped Google with a 2.42 billion euro fine in a case involving its online shopping search results.

Trump Accuses Twitter, Facebook, Google of Siding with ‘Radical Left Democrats’

U.S. President Donald Trump has accused social media outlets, including #Facebook, #Google and #Twitter, of being biased, and suggested that the situation needs scrutiny. In answer to a reporter at the White House Tuesday, Trump said digital platforms tend to suppress Republican and conservative views.


Производитель боится, что #Microsoft и #Google откажут в поставках ПО

Компания Huawei создала собственную операционную систему, которая в равной степени подходит как для смартфонов, так и компьютеров. Компания и не думает конкурировать с мировыми лидерами на этом рынке Microsoft или Google, но опасается, что те в любой момент могут запретить использовать их продукты подсанкционной китайской корпорации, сообщает 15 марта CNBC.

Ричард Ю, генеральный директор подразделения потребителей Huawei, рассказал в недавнем интервью немецкому изданию Die Welt, что у компании имеется запасной вариант.

«Мы подготовили нашу собственную операционную систему. Если когда-нибудь нам воспретят пользоваться американским продуктом, мы должны быть готовыми. Это наш «план Б». Но, конечно, мы предпочитаем работать с системами Google и Microsoft», – сказал Ю.

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