MIT Technology Review @techreview A media company making technology a greater force for good. Get our journalism: Jul. 12, 2019 1 min read

A contractor paid to transcribe audio clips recorded by Google Assistant leaked thousands of the recordings. 

The clips include fragments of deeply personal conversations, including people’s addresses, information on someone’s love life, and what sounded like a woman in distress. Many of the recordings were captured accidentally. 

As we learned in April, Amazon does the same with Alexa clips. 

And here’s the kicker: Google’s privacy policy page makes no mention of the fact human contractors listen to some of the recordings. 

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