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Microsoft’s new privacy policy, saying the sellers are listening to the voice of the data

A FILE PHOTO of The Microsoft mark is displayed at the top of the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, USA, October 19,2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.(O) said on Wednesday it updated its privacy policy to let customers know that the collection of the speech data of its user, with the help of the staff, and contractors.

A spokesman for Microsoft said the company will collect the voice data to a voice-enabled services, as Skype and Cortana, and, sometimes, the use of vendors to assist in the improvement of these services.

“We realized that, based on the questions that have been recently, that we will be able to do a better job of giving people a review of the content,” the spokesperson said in a statement via e-mail.

The company is the latest tech giant to give in to such practices, after media reports on Tuesday said Facebook Inc’s (FB.(O) to the payment of the contractors to transcribe the audio clips are from the users of its services.

“We have to have a look at our privacy statement and the Frequently asked questions about the products, and for greater clarity, and it will continue to examine further opportunities to improve,” the Microsoft spokesperson said.

Technology companies in the United States have been confronted with a broad range of criticism from lawmakers and regulators over its privacy policies.

Reporting by Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel

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