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Google Data Breach Faces Review by Irish Privacy Watchdog

  • Contractors listened to user audio, Belgian media had reported
  • Google reacted in blog post Thursday and notified regulator
NOAH conference Berlin Google stand Berlin. Germany 06.06.2018.

NOAH conference Berlin Google stand Berlin. Germany 06.06.2018.

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Google faces a possible investigation by Irish data privacy regulators related to reports that contractors had been able to listen to audio of users of its digital assistant technology.

The Irish Data Protection Commission received a breach notification from the company late Thursday, said Graham Doyle, the agency’s spokesman. Google reacted in a blog post on Thursday after reports by Belgian broadcaster VRT that contractors could listen to recordings made from people’s conversations with their Google Assistant.