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Chrome update turns browsers into covert listening tools

Boing Boing: "The default behavior of hotword, a new, black-box module in Chrome (and its free/open cousin, Chromium) causes it to silently switch on your computer's microphone and send whatever it hears to Google.

Google says that hotword isn't supposed to switch on unless users enable it, but developers have documented instances in which the module triggered the mic without user intervention."


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