Microsoft offers more control in speech recognition

Microsoft just announced an update regarding the control of user voice data when using the voice recognition technology of the redmond company.

This update gives users more meaningful control over their privacy, allowing them to decide whether other people can listen to recordings of what they said while talking to Microsoft products and services that use speech recognition technology, such as when dictating a request. translation or perform a web search with your voice.

From now on by offering your consent and participating, other people will be able to listen and review these voice clips. According to ad on the Microsoft Artificial Intelligence blog, this is done to “improve the performance of Microsoft artificial intelligence systems in a variety of people, speaking styles, accents, dialects, and acoustic environments. The goal is to make Microsoft’s speech recognition technologies more inclusive by making them easier and more natural to interact“.

Privacy first

It is necessary to clarify that by giving consent allowing Microsoft employees and / or people hired to work for Microsoft to listen to your voice clips, it does not mean that the company identifies the user. Microsoft removes personal information from voice clips before processing them in the cloud, including Microsoft account identifiers and strings of letters or numbers that could be phone numbers, Social Security numbers, and email addresses.

The next time they use your voice for any of these services or products, they will probably see the following pop-up window (in their language) to offer their consent or not:

Microsoft Consent - Speech Recognition
Image courtesy Microsoft

The company also clarifies that users who choose not to allow their voice clips to be heard by other people, will still be able to continue using all services and products that use Microsoft’s voice recognition technology.

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