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Apple halts practice of contractors listening in to users on Siri



Tech firm to review virtual assistant ‘grading’ programme after Guardian revelationsApple has suspended its practice of having human contractors listen to users’ Siri recordings to “grade” them, following a Guardian report revealing the practice.The co…

Should we worry about the robots and mind-reading apps remaking our world? | Alex Hern



Technology is spying on us and machines are developing human voices. But it’s not all a weird cyberpunk dystopiaTechnology changes so fast that our lives are radically different from even a decade ago, yet slowly enough that sometimes we don’t even not…

Tories continue Facebook ad spree as ‘major bugs’ block transparency



Tools to crack down on ‘dark money’ political ads are ineffective, researchers say“Major bugs” in Facebook’s political transparency tools are preventing researchers and journalists from holding advertisers to account, according to a report from Mozilla…

Apple contractors ‘regularly hear confidential details’ on Siri recordings



Workers hear drug deals, medical details and people having sex, says whistleblowerApple contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality control, or “g…