Microsoft has revealed 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 in an update to Microsoft’s privacy statement.
Microsoft’s privacy statement says human review is used to help build, train and improve the accuracy of its artificial intelligence systems.
Motherboard 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, Motherboard reported.
Microsoft didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Originally published Aug. 14, 12:41 p.m. PT.
Update, 12:50 p.m.: Adds further report on contractors’ pay and workload.