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Germany investigates Google speech assistance systems

Based on recordings from whistleblowers, the media recently reported that Google’s Home Speech Assistant was used to evaluate acoustic recordings by employees in order to optimize the speech recognition process.

The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HmbBfDI) has initiated an administrative procedure to prohibit Google from carrying out corresponding evaluations by employees or third parties for the period of three months. This is intended to provisionally protect the rights of privacy of data subjects for the time being.

Source: Speech assistance systems put to the test – Data protection
authority opens administrative proceedings against Google