Microsoft listening in, but only when you allow it to

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On Wednesday, Microsoft stated how its employees are listening in on conversations, only when the user has specifically allowed it, so as to improve the voice translation services that Skype and Cortana offer.

Leaked documents and recordings obtained by Motherboard have shown how humans are able to listen to intimate conversations held over Skype.

A report published in a news website, Vice, attacked the U.S. based company by stating that individuals were overhearing conversations on personal matters including weight issues and relationships.

While responding to an AFP inquiry, Microsoft stated how it takes vocal data in order to further develop their voice-based facilities including searches, translations, etc. The company added how they hope to keep their users informed about where and how their data is being utilized so as to ensure transparency.

The company stood its ground when stating that it asks users for permission prior to acquiring their voice data, and ensures their privacy is respected when sharing the data with individuals tasked with improving facilities.

The company added how it only makes use of vendors who meet the privacy criterions in the European law.

Keeping in mind this, and the recent cases involving companies like Google, Apple, and Amazon equipment, show how in spite of the technological growth and the increased goods in the technology market, a lot of work is still needed to ensure consumers how their personal information is safe when they make use of such technologies.

Google stated how it would temporarily stop hearing in on personal chats in the European Union from its Google Assistant following the privacy investigation that recently took place in Germany.

Apple, too, announced the suspension of its ‘Siri grading’ program.

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The winner of the title Mr. Pune 2009, Mr. Shreyas Tanna is currently the young, dashing, and dynamic CEO of a market research company called ResearchNReports in Pune. Fondly known as RNR, the company specializes in market research as well as industry analysis, and is closely associated with its parent company Absolute Market Insights (AMI). Mr. Shreyas Tanna began his corporate journey as the Head of Corporate sales & PR at RED Entertainment while pursuing his degree for MMS (Marketing) from the MGM College of Management, Mumbai. After accomplishing the tedious task of balancing his work and education, he further polished his skills in Corporate Sales, Public Relations, Channel Development, Global Client Engagement, Strategic Consulting, and Brand Development by working with HDFC Life and Researchmoz Global Pvt. Ltd. His dedication towards his work has even won him accolades such as the National Level Performer 2013 – HDFC Life and Mr. Research Moz 2015. A disciplined individual with a loving heart, he is often seen taking crisp walks with an engrossed look and a gentle smile within the premises of his company to interact with the various departments. And he will be usually followed by an adorable trail of his beloved trio of Shih Tzu babies proudly known as Gucci, Drake, and Paris. The most enticing thing that you will notice about this content and proud pet parent is his infectious positivity and the firm belief in his eyes, a reflection of his favorite quote, “LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!”