Trending

Stories

Report: Journalists’ Favourite Transcription App Otter ‘Listening’ to Recordings

Tidio Live Chat Software - Add Tidio live chat software to your website in minutes. Contact visitors and turn them into happy customers. Enhance their experience and boost your sales. Get it for Free

WP Rocket - WordPress Caching Plugin

Must Read

Popular automated transcription service Otter.ai which is very popular among journalists to record interviews with real-time transcription, may be listening to your recordings.

A report in Politico suggests that Cloud-based real-time transcriptions — being adopted worldwide for their ease and simplicity — are not entirely safe.

Also Read

Politico journalist Phelim Kine interviewed Mustafa Aksu, an outspoken Uyghur human rights activist who could be a target of surveillance from the Chinese government. Aksu is with the Washington, DC-based Uyghur Human Rights Project.

They used the Otter app to record the interview call and a day later, the journalist received a message from Otter, asking about the purpose of the conversation with Aksu.

Elegant Themes - The most popular WordPress theme in the world and the ultimate WordPress Page Builder. Get a 30-day money-back guarantee. Get it for Free

“Hey Phelim, to help us improve your Otter’s experience, what was the purpose of this particular recording with titled ‘Mustafa Aksu’ created at ‘2021-11-08 11:02:41′?” the journalist was asked.

Three responses were offered: “Personal transcription,” “Meeting or group collaboration,” and “Other.”

“I froze. Was this a phishing attack? Was Otter or some entity that had access to Otter’s servers spying on my conversations?” said Kine.

He contacted Otter to verify if this was indeed a real survey or some clever phishing ruse.

An initial confirmation that the survey was legitimate was followed by a denial from the same Otter representative, laced with a warning that I “not respond to that survey and delete it.”

“My communications with Otter were all restricted to email and were sporadic, often confusing and contradictory”.

Otter’s Public Relations Manager, Mitchell Woodrow, told The Verge: “To be clear, unless we are legally compelled to do so by a valid United States legal subpoena, we will not ever share any of your data, including data files, with any foreign government or law enforcement agencies.”

It’s an important wake-up call as automated transcription services are being widely used globally.

“We have not and would not share any data, including data files, of yours with any foreign government or law enforcement agencies,” Otter said.

According to Kine, “savvy, skeptical journalists who take robust efforts to protect sources have found themselves in the thrall of Otter, a transcription app powered by artificial intelligence, and which has virtually eliminated the once-painstaking task of writing up interview notes”.

“That’s an overlooked vulnerability that puts data and sources at risk,” say experts.

iThemes WordPress Hosting

Stay updated

Subscribe to our newsletter and never miss an update on the latest tech, gaming, startup, how to guide, deals and more.

Latest

Stories

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Latest

Grow Your Business

Place your brand in front of tech-savvy audience. Partner with us to build brand awareness, increase website traffic, generate qualified leads, and grow your business.

- Advertisement -

Grow Your Business

Get these business solutions, tools and services to help your business grow.
Elementor

Elementor -Join 5,000,000+ Professionals Who Build Better Sites With Elementor. Build your website with 100% visual design that loads faster and speeds up the process of building them.

WP Rocket

WP Rocket - Speed up your website with the most powerful caching plugin in the world. The website speed increase means better SEO ranking, user experience, and conversation. It’s a fact that Google loves a fast site.

Kinsta

Kinsta - If you are looking for WordPress managed hosting, Kinsta is in the leading front. Kinsta provides WordPress hosting for a small or large business that helps take care of all your needs regarding your website with cutting-edge technology.

OptinMonster

OptinMonster - Instantly boost leads and grow revenue with the #1 most powerful conversion optimization toolkit in the world. 700,000+ websites are using OptinMonster to turn their traffic into leads, subscribers, and sales.

Related

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
OpenAI Releases Tool To Detect AI-generated Text Tesla Records Double Net Profit in 2022 India to Produce Upcoming iPhones: Trade Minister Japanese Professor Developed A Power Semiconductor made of Diamond Google Releases New Product for India’s Merchants Indian EV Startup Unveil Two AutoBalancing Electric Scooters OPPO Find X6 Pro Images Render via Weibo Sony Develops New Tech to Reduce Noise of Image Sensors Tesla’s S & Y Models Earn Best-in-Class Cars of 2022 India Approved $320m to Promote Homegrown Payments Network
Twitter Roll Out TikTok-like ‘For You’ Timeline on iOS Nothing Phone Enters US with Beta Membership Program Finally! Apple’s VR Headset Coming this Spring Harvard Scientists Develop New Cell Therapy to Kill, and Prevent Brain Cancer HTC Vive XR Elite VR/AR Headset Now Selling for $1099 Realme 10 Launched in India with Helio G99 Gaming Chipset Twitter Data Breach Revealing User’s Private Information Instagram New Feature to Create Albums With Friend