Tag: Google

Google didn’t catch awful BeiTaAd adware (Update: Dev banned from Play Store)

Update, July 17, 2019 (10:46 AM ET): The China-based developer CooTek has been banned from the Google Play Store, as reported by 9to5Google. CooTek developed over 200 Android applications, all of which at one point contained a dangerous piece of adware called BeiTaAd, which is described in the original article below. Although there’s no solid proof, […]

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Your Google Assistant recordings are listened to by human operators (Updated)

Update, July 12, 2019 (7:15AM ET): Earlier this week, Belgian broadcaster VRT NWS lifted the lid on audio transcription practices at Google, highlighting privacy concerns associated with human contractor involvement. In a blog post published yesterday, Google has responded to the criticism. Google has defended its approach to audio transcription, stating the language experts employed […]

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