Amazon announces Halo, a fitness band and app that scans your body and voice

Amazon announces Halo, a fitness band and app that scans your body and voice

The app that goes along with it comes with the usual set of fitness tracking features along with two innovative — and potentially troubling — ideas: using your camera to create 3D scans for body fat and listening for the emotion in your voice.

Signal >> Blog >> A new platform is calling: Help us test one-to-one voice and video conversations on Signal Desktop

Signal >> Blog >> A new platform is calling: Help us test one-to-one voice and video conversations on Signal Desktop

The latest beta release of Signal Desktop includes preliminary support for one-to-one voice and video calls.Call your friends and family on macOS, Windows, and Linux; see their smiles on a larger screen; hear their laughter through the big speakers on your desk; and help us test the next generation of calling on Signal.

German police can access any WhatsApp message without any malware

German police can access any WhatsApp message without any malware

German police nab a terror suspect by allegedly spying on his Whatsapp messages using Web. German media has reported that the German Federal Criminal Agency (Bundeskriminalamt or BKA) can access any WhatsApp users’ messages without the help of any malware.

This device keeps Alexa and other voice assistants from snooping on you

This device keeps Alexa and other voice assistants from snooping on you

Researchers hack Siri, Alexa, and Google Home by shining lasers at themBesides detecting inadvertent audio transmissions, the device will spot virtually any activation of a voice assistant, including those that are malicious.

Petition · Revoke the Australian Anti-Encryption Law · Change.org

Petition · Revoke the Australian Anti-Encryption Law · Change.org

Save the privacy of all Australians and keep your favourite tech companies in Australia by letting parliament know that we do not support the ignorance of privacy and security in our nation.

Here’s How Google Tracks You

Here’s How Google Tracks You

The information Google gets from you: According to Google, only three kinds of personal data are collected from its users: Things you do Things you create Things that make you “you” How Google gets all your data: Your digital persona grows the more you use Google products to search for stuff, read and send email, browse the web, use apps, and especially if you own an Android mobile device.

Uncovered: 1,000 phrases that incorrectly trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant

Uncovered: 1,000 phrases that incorrectly trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant

The findings demonstrate how common it is for dialog in TV shows and other sources to produce false triggers that cause the devices to turn on, sometimes sending nearby sounds to Amazon, Apple, Google, or other manufacturers.

How to Get the Most Out of Signal and Encrypted Chat

How to Get the Most Out of Signal and Encrypted Chat

By doing so, they can now take advantage of Signal’s end-to-end encryption, which means that no one—not the government, your phone company, or Signal itself—can read the contents of messages as they pass between devices.

Former Amazon executive says he switches off Alexa for "private moments"

Former Amazon executive says he switches off Alexa for "private moments"

In April last year, it was reported that Amazon employs thousands of contractors and full-time workers around the world to listen to voice recordings captured by Echo devices.

Wearable Microphone Jamming

Wearable Microphone Jamming

Furthermore, by arranging the transducers in a ring layout, our wearable jams in multiple directions and protects the privacy of its user’s voice, anywhere and anytime, without requiring its user to manually point the jammer to the eavesdropping microphones.

How Surveillance Capitalism Targets the Vulnerable

How Surveillance Capitalism Targets the Vulnerable

While the elderly might have showed up late to the internet and smartphones, there’s no reason to be believe they will be immune to the consequences that young people in particular are now beginning to understand.

Let’s Reverse Engineer Discord

Let’s Reverse Engineer Discord

After encrypting the entire stream and sending with an RTP header, we can see this packet received and decrypted by our remote Discord client which is in a debugger.

Microsoft Outsourced Skype, Cortana Voice Analysis to China With Virtually No Security in Place: Report

Microsoft Outsourced Skype, Cortana Voice Analysis to China With Virtually No Security in Place: Report

A man walks past Google offices in Beijing in 2014.Photo: Greg Baker/AFP (AP)Microsoft had “no security measures” on a program that had humans transcribe user voice recordings from its Skype video calling service and Cortana assistant, the Guardian reported on Friday, even when those workers were located in China.

Facial and voice recognition in cars sounds like a privacy nightmare

Facial and voice recognition in cars sounds like a privacy nightmare

As all this monitoring happens, it's easy to forget how much data cars are starting to collect — including personal health details like your heart and respiration rate.

Skype audio graded by workers in China with 'no security measures'

Skype audio graded by workers in China with 'no security measures'

A Microsoft programme to transcribe and vet audio from Skype and Cortana, its voice assistant, ran for years with “no security measures”, according to a former contractor who says he reviewed thousands of potentially sensitive recordings on his personal laptop from his home in Beijing over the two years he worked for the company.

Why Amazon, Google and Apple want to record our assistant interactions

Why Amazon, Google and Apple want to record our assistant interactions

Every person who brings a new Echo speaker from Amazon into their home gets automatically recorded every time they utter the "Alexa" wake word."Users can opt in to help Siri improve by learning from audio samples of their requests," Apple says.

Google really is listening and recording on apps

Google really is listening and recording on apps

When you set up your Google account, it asks you to "opt in" to let Google track your video and audio recordings.Google, we discovered, can record, store and archive your queries when using the apps or even https://t.co/lhIuCc5DLl and voice search.

Should colleges really be putting smart speakers in dorms?

Should colleges really be putting smart speakers in dorms?

However, there are plenty of people on campus who see a dark side.“When it comes to deploying listening devices where sensitive conversations occur, we simply have no idea what long-term effect having conversations recorded and kept by Amazon might have on their futures—even, quite possibly, on their health and well-being,” says Russell Newman, an Emerson professor who researches the political economy of communication and communications policy.

'Mind your own business, Alexa!' How to keep secrets from your voice assistant

'Mind your own business, Alexa!' How to keep secrets from your voice assistant

Call centre workers who check how helpful our voice assistants are say they hear private conversations and couples having sex.Call-centre workers for companies such as Apple, Amazon and Google are hired to check recordings made by voice assistants including Alexa and Siri for accuracy and helpfulness.

Hackers Can Silently Control Your Google Home, Alexa, Siri With Laser Light

Hackers Can Silently Control Your Google Home, Alexa, Siri With Laser Light

According to experiments done by a team of researchers from Japanese and Michigan Universities, a remote attacker standing at a distance of several meters away from a device can covertly trigger the attack by simply modulating the amplitude of laser light to produce an acoustic pressure wave.

Google and Amazon approved home speaker apps that spied on users

Google and Amazon approved home speaker apps that spied on users

"To prevent 'Smart Spies' attacks, Amazon and Google need to implement better protection, starting with a more thorough review process of third-party Skills and Actions made available in their voice app stores," the SLR researchers concluded.

Google’s auto-delete tools are practically worthless for privacy

Google’s auto-delete tools are practically worthless for privacy

Still, it’s unusual for advertisers to target users based on their activity from months earlier, Dweck says.Still, he acknowledges that a daily auto-delete window would significantly affect advertisers’ ability to target Google users based on a profile of their search activity.

Amazon's Favorite New Word Is 'Privacy,' But Does It Even Know the Meaning?

Amazon's Favorite New Word Is 'Privacy,' But Does It Even Know the Meaning?

New commands coming to Alexa, Amazon’s personal voice assistant, will enable users to delete recordings of their commands—a big deal given the eavesdropping debacle in which Amazon was embroiled this year.

Google seeks permission for staff to listen to Assistant recordings

Google seeks permission for staff to listen to Assistant recordings

The issue of technology-company workers listening and transcribing audio recordings made via smart speakers and virtual assistant apps came to the fore in April, when the Bloomberg news agency reported Amazon, Google and Apple were all involved in the practice.

Microsoft Contractors Listened to Xbox Owners in Their Homes

Microsoft Contractors Listened to Xbox Owners in Their Homes

Contractors working for Microsoft have listened to audio of Xbox users speaking in their homes in order to improve the console’s voice command features, Motherboard has learned.(Microsoft did not explicitly say humans may review audio recordings from its products in its privacy policy until after Motherboard's earlier reporting on Skype and Cortana).

Siri, Privacy, and Trust

Siri, Privacy, and Trust

Three weeks ago, writing for The Guardian, Alex Hern reported: Apple contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality control, or “grading”, the company’s Siri voice assistant, the Guardian has learned.

Microsoft Quietly Says it Keeps and Transcribes Your Conversations —Sometimes Even if You Chose Not to Let Them

Microsoft Quietly Says it Keeps and Transcribes Your Conversations —Sometimes Even if You Chose Not to Let Them

Following in the footsteps of other large corporations such as Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon; Microsoft silently updated its privacy statement admitting it has a group of people listening to users' conversations and interactions through its platform —and transcribing part of those dialogs:Our processing of personal data for these purposes includes both automated and manual (human) methods of processing .

Facebook Records User Audio, Sparking Privacy Questions

Facebook Records User Audio, Sparking Privacy Questions

Hundreds of contractors reportedly were hired to transcribe Messenger voice chats in order to test the accuracy of an AI algorithm — raising questions about what Facebook does with the data.

How to disable OK Google and Google Assistant on Android devices

How to disable OK Google and Google Assistant on Android devices

If OK Google or Google Assistant are active on your Android device but you are not using these tools, you may want to consider disabling those.Here is how you disable OK Google on your device:Open the Google application on the Android device.

Amazon's Alexa comes under scrutiny of Luxembourg privacy watchdog

Amazon's Alexa comes under scrutiny of Luxembourg privacy watchdog

The increasing popularity of Alexa, Apple's Siri and Google Assistant has triggered concerns from politicians and privacy enforcers over how some companies handle recordings from users interacting with their voice assistants.