Alongside Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook, Microsoft has also come under fire this week for using human contractors to listen in on Skype Translator calls.
The Skype Translator Privacy FAQ has been similarly updated, and now reads:
When you use Skype’s translation features, Skype collects and uses your conversation to help improve Microsoft products and services. To help the translation and speech recognition technology learn and grow, sentences and automatic transcripts are analyzed and any corrections are entered into our system, to build more performant services. This may include transcription of audio recordings by Microsoft employees and vendors, subject to procedures designed to protect users’ privacy, including taking steps to de-identify data, requiring non-disclosure agreements with vendors and their employees, and requiring that vendors meet the high privacy standards set out in European law and elsewhere.
Unlike Facebook, which has "paused" its transcribing of Messenger calls, a Microsoft spokesperson told Motherboard that it would continue with the practice.