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Siri, Google Assistant may be listening without you knowing

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Normally, Siri and Google Assistant start listening to you when you activate them, such as when you say “Hey Siri” or “OK, Google.” But it turns out these mobile virtual assistants may be listening to you discretely and disregarding your privacy.

There’s a lawsuit in the US going on with plaintiffs claiming Siri can suddenly activate when it’s not supposed to and then record your conversations. They also allege the recorded data is sent to advertisers, seeing that they suspiciously received targeted ads not long after privately discussing about commercial products.

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The judge assigned to the case has denied Apple’s motion to dismiss, explaining that the company may have violated the US Wiretap Act and state privacy laws.

A similar lawsuit is being pursued against Google, as the company is accused of using the information it learned and recorded without the acknowledgment of users.

Source: Reuters

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