The measure will help users who missed the handshake of the past few days and weeks, but nothing changes with respect to what the company is actually doing.
In summary, if you use Skype's translation facilities, or are one of the three people who speak with Cortana, some of the recorded audio could be delivered to humans, either Microsoft employees or lucky contractors, for analysis.
Microsoft acknowledged at the time that the company was covered by a small print, but a report in Reuters confirmed that the hinges of the swinging privacy stable door had simply been greased just a bit with an update of the declaration of privacy that "clarified that we use automatic and manual methods of personal data processing".
Other frequently asked questions have been updated in a similar way, including Skype, to make it clear that p people are listening, but hey, that's fine. He has unidentified his data and can trust Uncle Satya because he only has his best interests in mind.
Of course, you can always access the privacy panel to see what applications that use Microsoft Speech Services have collected. , which is laudable but, shamefully, is linked to outbreaks of CEO Nadella that extols Microsoft's "six key privacy principles," three of which are "control," "security," and "transparency."
While playing the violin with the frequently asked questions is fine, it is unlikely that the average user knows that Microsoft thugs might be listening to sexy Skype chats or fruitless shouts in Cortana. And that user does not currently have a way to unsubscribe easily.
So much for control and transparency.
Regarding security? Microsoft has not yet explained how it was that these human contractors were able to filter those private moments to the outside world.
We contacted Microsoft for comment, and received a statement from a spokesperson saying that while "we are always looking to improve transparency and help customers make more informed decisions," the company "realized, based on the recently asked questions, we could do a better job specifying that humans sometimes review this content. "
Microsoft was also interested in pointing out that: "We take measures to de-identify the content provided to suppliers, we demand confidentiality agreements with all suppliers and their employees to protect the privacy of our customers and we demand that the handling of this data be comply with the highest standards of privacy established in European law. "
And, to be fair, he is not the only criminal here. Apple, Google and Facebook have been criticized for similar pranks.
The lesson remains: if you are talking to a computer, be it a smart speaker or an assistant on a laptop or phone, there is a good chance that it is not just the code you are listening to. ®
Balancing consumerization and corporate control