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Apple, Google, break, a review of the audio recording of the voice assistants

(Reuters) – Apple Inc’s (AAPL.And Alphabet, Inc. ‘ s (GOOGL.O) and Google has suspended the reviewing of the recordings of the user interaction with the voice workers, as well as the concerns about the privacy of your personal data is to be fitted.

FILE PHOTO: a Silhouette of the mobile phone user is seen to be adjacent to the projection screen with the Apple logo in this photo illustration, March 28, 2018. REUTERS/dado Ruvic/Image/File Photo

Apple said on Friday it had paused, the program is called “grading”, which is the review of anonymous recordings of the conversations that people had with the Siri voice-controlled assistant.

The decision comes after the Guardian last week reported that the company’s contractors will be responsible for the review of the recordings are regularly heard, of the confidential information, and personal phone calls.

The increased public and political scrutiny of the data privacy practices and have been forced to a greater transparency of the Silicon Valley companies, with Google, pause for the reviews of the audio-recording of the Google assistant, the service, for any purpose, in any language, following a leak of the Dutch audio.

The proposals, which are to be weighed by the decision-makers in the United States and elsewhere, would be limited to the way in which the internet companies to record and distribute the information to the consumer as well as a voice assistant such as Siri, and Amazon.com Inc. ‘ s (AMZN.(O) So that a larger part of the daily life of the people.

“When we carry out an in-depth review, we will include the suspension of the Siri-grading around the world”, an Apple spokesperson said in a statement, adding that its users have the ability to opt out of the program in a future software update.

Contractors will be assessed using the Siri to ask the user for a query to execute as part of its efforts to carry out quality control checks, ” the Guardian reported. They also looked at whether or not the reaction was triggered by mistake, the newspaper said.

Users can disable the storing of the audio data to your Google account, or opt to have it automatically delete the data after every three months, or for 18 months, a Google spokesman, told Reuters.

Amazon also said that users will be able to opt-out of having their voice recordings will be used to assist in the development of the new Alexa features.

The company will update the information to be provided to the clients to make the practice more clear, an Amazon spokeswoman, said in a statement via e-mail.

Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.D) did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the status of the evaluation of the Cortana voice assistant.

Reporting Akshay Balan, Uday Sampath Kumar in Bengaluru; editing by Gopakumar Warrier and Sriraj Kalluvila

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