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Amazon and Google Are Using Smart Speakers for Surveillance, Says Top Tech Investor

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Tech investor John Borthwick believes the information-gathering performed by such devices is tantamount to surveillance.

“From a consumer standpoint, user standpoint, is that these, these devices are being used for what’s — it’s hard to call it anything but surveillance,” Borthwick said.

The venture capitalist’s comments follow a string of controversies surrounding smart assistants including Google’s Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, and Apple’s Siri, in which each company admitted that human workers listen to users’ queries.

Google and Apple have since apologized, with Google halting the practice, and Apple announcing that it will automatically opt users out of voice sample collection.

Curated from Yahoo! News

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