According to Techcrunch and Gizmodo, Microsoft confirmed that all the users recording from Cortana and Skype are being listened to, Creepy if I may add. This is is not the first tech company to listen to users recording, Amazon, Facebook, Google, been there and done that.
Here is a section in the policy on how the company uses personal data now reads
Our processing of personal data for these purposes includes both automated and manual (human) methods of processing. Our automated methods often are related to and supported by our manual methods. For example, our automated methods include artificial intelligence (AI), which we think of as a set of technologies that enable computers to perceive, learn, reason, and assist in decision-making to solve problems in ways that are similar to what people do. To build, train, and improve the accuracy of our automated methods of processing (including AI), we manually review some of the predictions and inferences produced by the automated methods against the underlying data from which the predictions and inferences were made. For example, we manually review short snippets of a small sampling of voice data we have taken steps to de-identify to improve our speech services, such as recognition and translation.
Many workers have been employ t review the recording from the Skype and Cortana Voice search.
The company told Motherboard it will “continue to examine further steps we might be able to take” regarding human review, a.k.a. can’t stop, won’t stop.
Gizmodo reached out to Microsoft to confirm this and did not receive an immediate response. However, according to a similarly worded company statement sent to TechCrunch, Microsoft is “always looking to improve transparency” and “will continue to examine further opportunities to improve.”