BetaNews: Facebook will pay you for your voice recordings. “If you feel you should be able to benefit financially from sharing information with Facebook, there’s some good news: the company is willing to pay you for your voice recordings. The scheme is part of the social network’s Pronunciations program, and it sees Facebook trying to improve its speech recognition capabilities. But if you’re hoping to get rich, you might be a little disappointed.” No. No. A thousand times no.
BBC: Florida cops hope Alexa can solve bizarre spear murder case. “Florida police investigating the bizarre death of a woman during a domestic row have obtained audio from two Amazon Echo devices. Silvia Galva, 32, was impaled by a spear-tipped bed post in a struggle with her boyfriend, Adam Reechard Crespo, at their Hallandale Beach home.”
CNET: Amazon Alexa keeps your data with no expiration date, and shares it too. “Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware, sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in May, demanding answers on Alexa and how long it kept voice recordings and transcripts, as well as what the data gets used for. The letter came after CNET’s report that Amazon kept transcripts of interactions with Alexa, even after people deleted the voice recordings.”
CNET: Amazon’s new Alexa features puts added emphasis on privacy. “Privacy has become a much bigger concern for consumers and Amazon appears to be paying attention. The tech giant on Wednesday said it made it easier for users to delete their Alexa voice recordings.”
ZDNet: HMRC to delete five million biometric voice records. “The UK’s tax authority is to delete the biometric voice records of five million people because it did not have clear consent from its customers to have those files.”
Engadget: Judge tells Amazon to provide Echo recordings in double homicide trial. “Prosecutors are once again hoping that smart speaker data could be the key to securing a murder conviction. A New Hampshire judge has ordered Amazon to provide recordings from an Echo speaker between January 27th, 2017 and January 29th, 2017 (plus info identifying paired smartphones) to aid in investigating a double homicide case. The court decided there was probable cause to believe the speaker might have captured audio of the murders and their aftermath.”