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Facebook's human-AI blend for audio transcription is now facing privacy scrutiny in Europe

5 monthes ago   |   By Tech Crunch

Facebook's lead privacy regulator in Europe is now asking the company for detailed information about the operation of a voice-to-text feature in Facebook's Messenger app and how it complies with EU law.
Yesterday Bloomberg reported that Facebook uses human contractors to transcribe app users' audio messages - yet its privacy policy makes no clear mention of the fact that actual people might listen to your recordings.
A page on Facebook's help center also includes a “note” saying “Voice to Text uses machine learning” - but does not say the feature is also powered by people working for...
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10 things in tech you need to know today

10 things in tech you need to know today

5 monthes ago   |   By Business Insider

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday.
Facebook has been collecting audio from some voice chats on Messenger and paying contractors to listen to and transcribe it. Facebook told Bloomberg it collected audio data only from users who opted into having their chats transcribed.
Google reportedly has a massive culture problem that's destroying it from the inside. Google has been struggling with internal and external criticism over the past several years on a variety of issues, from lacking diversity in its workforce to its work in China.
Uber's CEO told employees...
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Facebook paid contractors to transcribe users' audio from Messenger

Facebook paid contractors to transcribe users' audio from Messenger

5 monthes ago   |   By Venture Beat

Facebook has been paying outside contractors to transcribe audio clips from users of its services, the company confirmed on Tuesday.
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