Revealed: Microsoft Contractors Are Listening to Some Skype Calls

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Documents, screenshots, and audio obtained by Motherboard show that
humans listen to Skype calls made using the app's translation
function.

By Joseph Cox

Contractors working for Microsoft are listening to personal
conversations of Skype users conducted through the app's translation
service, according to a cache of internal documents, screenshots, and
audio recordings obtained by Motherboard. Although Skype's website
says that the company may analyze audio of phone calls that a user
wants to translate in order to improve the chat platform's services,
it does not say some of this analysis will be done by humans.

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/xweqbq/microsoft-contractors-listen-to-skype-calls

***** Moderator's Note *****

I don't see why this is news: robust mechanized translation has been
unobtainium for centuries, and any effort to make it work will require
frequent human intervention.

Moreover, the reporter's effort to hype the piece by adding "Revealed"
to the subject and "personal conversations" to the text is proof that
some things never change, least of all the habit of adding fear-words
to flogging weak stories.

Bill Horne
Moderator

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