Google Downloaded Audio Listeners Without Users’ Consent, Chromium users say. Is your microphone on?

June 24, 2015

Users of Chromium, the open-source version of Google Chrome, allege that Google listened into the conversations of users through a ‘black box’ of code. It is downloaded to enable a feature that activates a search function when you say “OK, Google,” but the code appears to have enabled eavesdropping on conversations prior to this to hear the phrase.

While Google Chrome users also claim the software can transmit audio data back to Google, the company says the code was not activated.

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