by Jason Louv
Google Chrome's new voice recognition feature
transmits small recordings of you back
to Google HQ - potentially setting a disturbing precedent
And now, if you're not careful with its new voice recognition features, Google Chrome will listen to you, too.
Welcome to the Internet of Things:
According to Sean Sullivan, security advisor at F-Secure, the fine print on Google Chrome's Voice Search Hotword feature may record a few seconds before you speak and send it to Google - not a company with the greatest track record on respecting privacy.
Now, a few caveats.
However, that doesn't mean there's not an issue:
As we've seen in the last fifteen years, the surrender of freedom proceeds not by giant leaps but by tiny steps, and I'm pretty sure I trust libertarian, sociopathic tech companies a lot less than I do the federal government.
You want your personal data and a comprehensive overview of your life in the hands of the Larry Pages and Mark Zuckerbergs of the world, zero-empathy robber barons who see you as nothing but data? I sure don't.
I'm happier even with the government having it. At least they're incompetent and lazy, like a DMV office, instead of vicious like a gang of hyperfunded mako sharks.
Here's Google's official video about their new voice command feature: