Google admitted that contractors can access recordings made by Assistant, after some of its recordings were leaked.

Been absolutely refusing to use any of these devices for precisely this reason. Google and Amazon have both been very quiet on how data is kept and access to it. The recent NHS direct news, teaming up with amazon to give medical advice, horrified me for exactly this.
Both companies have had data breaches, they should be allowed nowhere near NHS services

@sophia there's two in this house, there may not be very shortly.

@sophia The NHS + Alexa thing doesn't really raise too many eyebrows for me... depending on the implementation.

Before today I could ask Alexa about medical conditions and it would give me web results from WebMD or Yahoo! Answers or whatever was the top result.

All they have done (I think) is made sure the source is the NHS website instead of a bad actor.

What is odd, however, is that the government & NHS are promoting Alexa.

#NHS #Alexa #VoiceAssistant

@sophia contractors here apparently includes anyone doing casual work using Google's crowdsourcing app

@sophia i will never understand why people want their house to listen to them

Yelling across your hous for something to happen isnt more convenient than walking like 10 feet and doing it yourself

@Mooncake @sophia voice assistance and automation could be unbelievably helpful for disabled people, but they shouldn’t have to give up their privacy for it.

@sweetmercury @Mooncake yep. If there was a focus on pushing for transparency and accountability over the data then I could support it for the access thing alone but it'll never happen

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