Microsoft has flagged that humans could be listening to “short snippets” of voice conversations on its audio services like Skype and virtual assistant Cortana, Motherboard reported Wednesday. The disclosure reportedly came via an update of its privacy statement.
Microsoft’s privacy statement says human review is used to help build, train and improve accuracy of its artificial intelligence systems.
Vice added Wednesday afternoon that Microsoft’s human review contractors are paid between $12 and $14 an hour for the job, and transcribe up to 200 audio clips every hour. This could include hearing “personal and sensitive information” via Cortana recordings, Vice reported.
Microsoft didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
First published at 12:41 p.m. PT on Aug. 14.
Updated at 12:50 p.m.: adds further report on contractors’ pay and workload.