Google to block transcription of the speech, assistant to the clips in Europe

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(Reuters) – the Alphabet Inc, and Google (GOOGL.D) it has suspended the reviewing of the recordings of the Google’s virtual Assistant, a helper, in the European Union, following a leak of the Dutch audio-data, a company spokeswoman told Reuters on Thursday.

The company has been admitted here in July, that the partners who are working to analyze the voice samples from the Assistant to the leaking of the information.

More than 1,000 private communications have been sent to a Belgian news outlet, CNBC has reported previously, add to it the fact that some of the messages revealed sensitive information such as medical details, and the addresses of their customers.

“Shortly after we learned about the leak of a confidential Dutch-audio, we have suspended language and reviews of the Assistant to the investigations,” the spokeswoman said. The company performs reviews for the about 0.2% of all the audio and video clips, she added.

The suspension comes in the midst of increasing social and political scrutiny of the privacy practices, allowing for transparency of the Silicon Valley companies.

The proposals, which are to be weighed by the decision-makers in the United States, and elsewhere, that would restrict the way that Google, Facebook Inc’s (FB.(O), and other internet companies track consumers, and the distribution of the information.

Google said it is working with the Hamburg data protection authority, and will review how it carries out the audio rating.

Google will be the suspension of the transcripts for at least three months, according to the CNBC report, citing the Associated Press.

Reporting Akanksha Rana, Uday Sampath, Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila

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