Following its recent admission that it hired contractors to listen to the audio analyzed through Skype and Cortana services, Microsoft is forced to admit that it also employed contractors to do similar work for its Xbox game console.
Microsoft hasn Not officially addressed the claims of former Xbox contractors responsible for listening to audio fragments, however, the company has admitted similar instances for its other services.
In line with their contractor work with Cortana and Skype, employees were assigned to listen to the conversations generated by key phrases to help improve search and command results for Xbox users.
“We have long known that we collect voice data to improve voice-enabled services and that providers sometimes review this information. "A Microsoft spokesman told Motherboard in a statement.
In an interview with Motherboard, several contractors working in the Xbox division introduced themselves. They tell their stories during their time by listening to voice commands through the Kinect attachment that it was included at the beginning of the Xbox One life cycle.
Xbox stuff was really a welcome respite, honestly. They were often the same games. The same DLC. The same types of commands, "they added. "& # 39; Xbox gives me all the free games & # 39; or & # 39; Xbox download [newest Minecraft skins pack] & # 39; or whatever," they added.
Despite replacing generic Xbox commands with Kinect technology with their new multiplatform digital assistant, contractors finally found less and less to do.
"Most of the things related to Xbox that I remember doing were obviously involuntary activations with people telling Cortana & # 39; No & # 39 ;, since they were obviously in the middle of a game and chatting normally ". said the current contractor.
It is rumored that Microsoft will eliminate Cortana's functionality from Xbox One in the near future, which should appease some strong privacy advocates, and as if that were not enough, the company also offers users a place to search. and eliminate all audio captured through its services.
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