Increasingly, we use smartphones, tablets, intelligent loudspeakers and watch assistants who recordly record everything we say and do, and send data on a regular basis to companies.
They were created to facilitate us to perform everyday duties, interact with friends and provide us with faster access to knowledge. Meanwhile, the goal of their creation by the largest technology giants was only to collect as much information as possible about us. The more corporations know about us, the more they have an impact on our lives and they can make money on us.
Voice assistants are at our disposal after saying only one or two words, such as, for example, Google. However, for the system to work properly and ideally identify our voice, programmers Google, Amazon, Microsoft or Apple built them so that they simply eavesdrop on us. If, for example, you hear Google, then they can do the requested request.
Corporations explain that in this way artificial intelligence algorithms can be trained without any limitations to be more practical for us, and collected data, although they are sent to servers of corporations and analyzed, but they have a confidential form, and meanwhile, they can be combined with specific people. What the inhabitants of Belgium and the Netherlands have recently seen in a sad way.
VRT NWS, a Belgian public broadcaster, published the results of its investigation into the acquisition by corporations of records of our private conversations, not only by telephone, but also ordinary ones kept in our homes with family members or in companies. It turns out that from these data you can find out what people are called and where they live.
Journalists decided to confront the acquired records of conversations with voice assistants with the people they belonged to. All people were shocked and they blame Google, why they are invigilating and using their private data for their needs. Unfortunately, Google has the right to do so because using voice assistants we also accept the terms of the agreement, in which it is clearly stated.
Although corporations constantly emphasize that all data is adequately protected, however, if we managed to get such personal data of many users of intelligent assistants and confront them with their owners, then everyone can do it in a similar way, in this case we must be aware that such confidential data can fall into the hands of our enemies or competitors if we are talking about eavesdropping on business talks.
If you care about protecting your privacy and do not want the companies to overhear you, then you can limit their activity in their computers and mobile devices. All you have to do is enter your profile on Google (see here) and disable individual activities. Then enter the settings of your devices and also block access to the microphone for each application.