Mikey Campbell for AppleInsider:
Following Apple's decision to temporarily suspend Siri rating when evaluating the program's privacy, Amazon and Google followed this week and updated their respective human voice assisted audio review guidelines.
Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica:
Google today confirmed that it recently "paused" human reviews of Google Assistant issues worldwide … Google did not say when it will resume human reviews of Google Assistant recording. However, Google was required by German authorities to stop human evaluations of Google Assistant questions for at least three months.
Matt Day for Bloomberg:
Amazon.com Inc. will allow Alexa users to opt out of human review of voice playback, a move that follows criticism that the program violated customer privacy.
A new policy took effect Friday that allows customers, through an option in the Alexa smartphone settings menu, to remove their recordings from a pool that can be analyzed by Amazon employees and contract workers, a Seattle spokeswoman said. There are similar features from Apple Inc. and Google.
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Apple's statement on the matter: "We are committed to providing a great Siri experience while protecting users' privacy. While conducting a thorough review, we are suspending Siri rating globally. In addition, as part of a future software update , users will have the opportunity to choose to participate in grading. "