Recently, the topic of privacy in the technology industry has been stirred up by several tech giants who will record the user’s audio content and analyze it. This is done by Apple, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, which say that analyzing audio helps improve recognition and responsiveness. Previously Amazon and Google had admitted to recording audio without the user’s consent, and Amazon had chosen to close the recording plan after it was revealed.
Finally, Microsoft’s summary of the problem of recording transcription is:
When you use Skype’s translation features, Skype collects and uses your conversation to help improve Microsoft products and services. To help the translation and speech recognition technology learn and grow, sentences and automatic transcripts are analyzed and any corrections are entered into our system, to build more performant services. This may include transcription of audio recordings by Microsoft employees and vendors, subject to procedures designed to protect users’ privacy, including taking steps to de-identify data, requiring non-disclosure agreements with vendors and their employees, and requiring that vendors meet the high privacy standards set out in European law and elsewhere.
Both Cortana, including Windows 10 and mobile versions, and the translation capabilities of Microsoft’s Skype communication tools, record and transcribe audio.