Microsoft contractors have listened to voice recordings from the Xbox One

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X-Box One S | Photo by Dieter Bohn / The Verge

Microsoft contractors have listened to voice recordings captured by the Xbox One console, according to Motherboard. The practice dates back to the early days of the Xbox One when it could be controlled with voice commands directed at the optional Kinect camera accessory, and it continued after Microsoft added its more advanced Cortana voice assistant to the console.

Motherboard spoke to several contractors who could listen to these Xbox recordings. Many of them were intentional, with users commanding the Xbox One to perform a certain function, but others were triggered accidentally by unknowing customers.

Microsoft has already confirmed contractors have similarly screened voice recordings from Cortana (on Windows) and listened to Skype…

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