Microsoft now offers new settings to give you more control over your voice data

Microsoft is updating the way it asks for permission to use users' voice data. You're going to start to see some changes in the way they manage voice data, but giving the consumer greater freedom.

After the latest movements with WhatsApp, it has been made clear that the public does not allow their data to be shared by third parties, and Microsoft also wants to be transparent about it by offering us new settings to give us more control over voice data.

Redmond's had previously been criticized for this were in August 2019 it came to light that human employees were listening to Skype calls and Cortana queries as part of Microsoft's efforts to improve its services. While Microsoft went so far as to delete caller identification data that was analyzed, users were upset about how their voice data was treated.

Sometime later, since October 30, 2020, Microsoft stopped storing voice clips processed by its speech recognition technology and now wants to take it a step further by focusing on so-called "meaningful consent" so that people understand how their audio data will be used.

As Microsoft points out, this new meaningful consent publication" tries to make sure we are transparent with users about how we use this audio data to improve our speech recognition technology."

It seems that over the next few months Redmonds will implement this new setting for voice clips in applications such as Microsoft Translator, SwiftKey, Windows, Cortana, HoloLens, and Skype voice translation.

In addition to their blog post they claim that they can still use transcribed conversations automatically and other information: "While Microsoft employees and contractors will only listen to voice clips with the user's permission, the company can continue to access information associated with user voice activity, such as transcriptions automatically generated during user interactions with speech recognition AI."

Even if the user chooses not to participate with their voice clips, they can still use all voice-enabled products and services. For more details, you can visit the FAQ page enabled by Microsoft.

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