Microsoft: Le géant de l'informatique écoute lui aussi les conversations d'utilisateurs

10 Août, 2019, 21:23 | Auteur: Therese Cote
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Une fois encore, un sous-traitant sous couvert d'anonymat s'est montré bien bavard et a endossé un rôle de lanceur d'alerte.

Le géant américain de l'informatique Microsoft a confirmé mercredi que certaines conversations d'utilisateurs étaient écoutées par ses prestataires afin d'affiner les fonctionnalités de traduction vocale offertes par Skype et son assistant numérique Cortana.

Les fichiers audio contenaient pour certains des éléments à caractère sensible, sexuel, ou permettant d'identifier la personne.

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Dans une réaction, Microsoft souligne obtenir l'autorisation des utilisateurs avant de collecter et d'utiliser leurs données vocales.

Microsoft ajoute s'efforcer de " faire preuve de transparence concernant la collecte et l'utilisation de données vocales afin de permettre aux utilisateurs de choisir en toute connaissance de cause quand et comment leurs données vocales sont utilisées. Néanmoins, cela ne se fait pas sans le consentement de ses utilisateurs d'après la firme de Redmond. De plus, elle explique prendre d'énormes précautions concernant la protection de la vie privée de ses utilisateurs en supprimant toutes les informations concernant leur identité avant de les envoyer à ses prestataires qui eux-mêmes sont soumis à la réglementation européenne sur les données de la vie privée.

Une fois encore, c'est surtout un défaut de transparence qui est à pointer du doigt. D'après les révélations du magazine Vice, les écoutes se feraient via l'application Skype ainsi que son assistant vocal Cortina. Il est surtout laissé entendre la contribution de systèmes de machine learning.

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