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Microsoft contractors are listening to your intimate conversations on Skype calls: report

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techbeck    7,387

Contractors working for Microsoft are listening to personal, intimate conversations of Skype users via the app's translation service, according to a new report.


Motherboard obtained a trove of documents, audio files and other materials that detail how contract workers can listen in on chats with loved ones, personal conversations about relationship woes and even phone sex. The conversation snippets are only a few seconds long, although some can be longer.


Microsoft is the latest Silicon Valley company facing a backlash over the ability of its workers to listen to private conversations. Reports have emerged that Amazon workers can hear conversations via its Alexa smart speaker and Google workers can do the same thanks to Google Home. Apple and Google both recently suspended the practice of having contractors listen in on smart device queries.


"The fact that I can even share some of this with you shows how lax things are in terms of protecting user data," a Microsoft contractor who provided files to Motherboard said.


Skype launched the artificial intelligence-powered translation service in 2015, but it turns out that humans still need to play a role in improving the work of the algorithms.






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