“Besides, you agree to all this – didn't you all opt-in to the «help improve Google Assistant» thingy? It was a choice you made!” – they say to people who “agree” and “opt-in” to dozens of things on every website they visit. But that was never the point here. In the original article (https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=nl&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fnos.nl%2Fartikel%2F2292889-google-medewerkers-luisteren-nederlandse-gesprekken-mee.html) it says: “not only voice commands (...) are included. (...) it does indeed happen that the device records things "that are clearly not intended for the device”
The Dutch employee “must monitor those conversations to indicate in the system that they are not voice commands” – THAT is the issue here: it's not just your “ok google” voice commands, but *could* by any random thing that you say – the very thing that they said you're safe from. You didn't hear about that bit? Not too surprising, given how the article in The Independent maneuvers around that bit, instead focusing on Google being pissed about having a "leaker": https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/google-home-smart-speaker-audio-recordings-privacy-voice-spy-a9000616.html?utm_source=reddit.com
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