Like Siri, Google Assistant will need to analyze voice recordings to improve its voice recognition.
In 2019, many users have discovered, thanks to the media, they can be saved when using the wizards voice such as Alexa, Siri, or Google Wizard. These records can be analyzed by human workers, in order to allow the companies which offer the wizards to improve the performance thereof.
In the Face of these revelations, the actors of the digital have responded, explaining that these data collections were done with the consent of the user concerned. However, they have decided to make it more transparent.
For example, with the update to iOS 13.2 launched in October, Apple has included a new setting on the iPhone to allow users to better control these records, but also to better understand the functioning of this mechanism, which allows the firm to improve Siri.
For its part, Google would not have picked this type of activity after a suspension during the month of October 2020, ” explains the website The Verge. The firm had also indicated that when these analyses of recordings are restarted, a person would not be affected by the activity if it has not reconfirmed his agreement.
Google disables the recording settings by default, and asks for the consent of the user
And it would seem that this time has arrived. In fact, Google has sent e-mails to users of Google Wizard to indicate to them that the audio recordings have been turned off by default for everyone, and that these records include for an account if the user re-enables this parameter.
In other words, Google picks up these records that improve his wizard. However, this time, it ensures that the users have understood when they give their consents. On the other hand, the firm recalls that, at any time, these records can be deleted via an option on the page activity.google.com.
“The audio recordings to help our recognition technologies audio, which allows products such as Google Wizard a better understanding of the languages in the future “, we read in an English version of this mail. ” For that you keep control of your settings on the audio recordings, we have disabled them for you until you are able to review the updated information. “
For its part, Facebook, which also develops a personal digital assistant, has decided to pay of the users to be able to use and analyze their voice recordings in the United States. As to Mozilla, which is a set of open source data to facilitate the creation of new personal digital assistants in the future, has created a website on which users can register to provide these data.