Facebook has made audio recordings of its video gadgets Portal, and has them transcribed without informing users, Bloomberg reports on Wednesday. The audio clips were recorded after users pronounced the "Hey Portal" command, which is used to activate the device.
Part of the recordings was sent to a third party, which had its employees transcribe it. The transcripts were then used to improve software algorithms so that the Portal commands can be better understood, says Andrew Bosworth, hardware boss of Facebook, to Bloomberg .
In August it was announced that Facebook had audio recordings from its chat service Messenger listened to. The company then indicated that it had temporarily stopped doing so. Now the tech company indicates that the transcribing of recordings of the Portal gadgets was stopped in August.
For the Portal gadgets, listening will resume in October, but users will have the option to opt out. The Portal devices are not sold in the Netherlands.