Siri, Alexa, and Google Voice Assistants Record Private Conversations in Violation of the Federal Wiretap Act; Conor McGregor Calls Machine Gun Kelly a ‘Little Vanilla Boy Rapper’; Justin Bieber was Criticized for Snubbing Hailey, During his Acceptance Speech; Alanis Morissette Alleges She was Raped by Multiple Men in New HBO Documentary; Britney Spears and Sam Asghari Announce Their Engagement on Instagram
Siri, Alexa, and Google Voice Assistants Record Private Conversations in Violation of the Federal Wiretap Act, Lawsuit Claims
A federal judge has authorized a class-action lawsuit alleging that Apple’s Siri voice assistant infringes on customers’ privacy.
According to Reuters, US District Judge Jeffrey White earlier this month let plaintiffs to proceed with cases alleging that Siri routinely captured their private conversations due to “accidental activations” and that Apple sold the recordings to advertisers. Among other things, the plaintiffs allege that Apple violated the federal Wiretap Act and California’s privacy legislation.
Separate cases against Google and Amazon assert similar allegations about voice assistants. One of the most frequently stated assertions in the cases is that conversations were collected without user authorization and subsequently utilized to target plaintiffs by marketers.
This is occurring against the backdrop of soaring sales of smart speakers.
According to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, the installed base of smart speakers in the United States reached 126 million devices in June 2021, up from 20 million units in June 2017.
Amazon controls the lion’s share of the installed base, accounting for 69 percent as of June this year.
“The installed base of smart speakers grew considerably during the COVID-19 pandemic, adding over 25 million units in the past year,” said Josh Lowitz, CIRP Partner, and Co-Founder.
Amazon, Apple, and Google all provide smart speakers that have a form of voice assistant technology that is activated by users saying key phrases such as “Hey Siri” for Apple devices, “OK Google” for Google goods, or “Alexa” for Amazon smart devices.
When activated with a key phrase or so-called wake word, Amazon devices save that data. “No audio is stored or sent to the cloud unless the device detects the wake word (or Alexa is activated by pressing a button),” an Amazon spokesperson told FOX Business in an email.
Additionally, Amazon stated that it reviews data “manually” but does not sell it to third parties.
By default, Google does not keep audio recordings, according to José Castaeda, a Google spokesperson. “We dispute the claims in this case and will vigorously defend ourselves,” Castaeda said in a statement.
According to a 2019 Apple announcement, Apple no longer retains Siri recordings without the user’s permission. Siri will retain your data only if you opt-in via your Apple device’s settings.
Amazon did not react to a request for comment on the complaint, while Apple did not answer a request for comment.
MMA Superstar Conor McGregor Calls Machine Gun Kelly a ‘Little Vanilla Boy Rapper’ After VMAs Red Carpet Altercation
MMA fighter Conor McGregor spoke with Entertainment Tonight after nearly brawling with rapper Machine Gun Kelly on the red carpet at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards. He stated that “absolutely nothing” happened and that he does not fight “little vanilla boy rappers.”
“Absolutely nothing. I don’t know. He showed up, and I don’t know. I don’t know the guy,” answered McGregor when the outlet pressed him for information on the events leading up to the altercation.
“Nothing happened with me; I only fight real fighters, people that actually fight, you know what I mean,” he continued. “I certainly don’t fight little vanilla boy rappers. I don’t even know the guy. I don’t know anything about him, except that he’s with Megan Fox.”
Kelly refused to comment on the “scuffle” while chatting with Variety’s Marc Malkin backstage and annoyingly shielded Malkin’s mic. “We’re not allowed to say,” Fox pleaded.
Following the red carpet incident, a source told PEOPLE that McGregor, who was a presenter at the award presentation, requested a photo with Kelly, but the star’s crew declined his request.
“Conor went in on it a little bit,” the insider explained, saying that the fighter dropped his walking cane before retrieving it and swinging it toward the direction of Kelly.
Kelly’s representative did not immediately react to a request for comment, while McGregor’s representative denied her client requested a photo with the singer.
“Conor and Dee are in their seats enjoying the show. Conor appreciates all his fans,” remarked McGregor’s representative. “Conor does not know MGK other than someone who attended his last fight.”
A video posted on Twitter by a VMAs attendee appeared to show McGregor lunging at Kelly and shouting at him while security guards pulled him back.
Doja Cat hosted the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards in New York City, which was broadcasted live on September 12 at 8 PM ET.
Justin Bieber was Criticized for Snubbing his Wife, Hailey, During his VMAs Acceptance Speech
Pop star Justin Bieber, 27, received the Moon Man trophy for Best Pop Song for his breakout song, Peaches, during one of 2021 MTV Video Music Awards’ first honors at New York City’s Barclays Center.
As music legend Cyndi Lauper announced Justin’s name for the award, he smiled and rushed from his seat, turning his back on his wife. The singer then went to the stage with collaborator Giveon and thanked several people but did not mention Hailey. The latter sat in the audience, cheering for him.
Justin began, “Shout out to my little brother and sister Jazzy and Jackson.”
He continued, “Shoutout to my mom and dad, Faye, Ash, my grandparents, my fans, thank you guys so much,” before exiting the stage.
Fans quickly pointed out the snub, with many criticizing the artist for the “rude” move.
“Justin Bieber not looking at Hailey when he won, and then no shoutout physically caused me pain,” one person stated.
Another tweet said, “Hailey is supporting Justin Bieber, and he didn’t shout out to her or giving her any attention when he won, rude.”
“Justin not even hugging or kissing Hailey after winning AND him shouting out absolutely everyone but his wife,” a third reaction said.
“Per the theory for Justin Bieber disliking his wife, during his VMA acceptance speech just now, he thanked everyone but did not thank Hailey,” another speculated. “Big yikes.”
Later that evening, Justin received another award for Artist Of The Year and appeared to be aware of the criticism, as he kissed his wife right before going on stage.
He made a point of thanking her in his remarks, saying, “We are in unprecedented times with this Covid thing. It’s a big deal. Music is such an amazing outlet in order to reach people and bring people together. That’s why we’re all here together.”
“We have a lot more in common than we don’t. Thank you guys so much. I look over here. And I see my beautiful wife, and I just want to say ‘thank you so much’,” he ended his speech.
Justin and Hailey became engaged in July 2018 and married in New York later that year, following years of on-again, off-again dating. They then married in a spectacular wedding attended by a slew of celebrities in South Carolina in 2019.
Singer Alanis Morissette Alleges She was Raped by Multiple Men in New HBO Documentary
In the upcoming HBO documentary Jagged, Alanis Morissette is said to make underage rape allegations against multiple men.
“It took me years in therapy to even admit there had been any kind of victimization on my part,” said Morissette, 47, in the documentary, which premiered Tuesday at the Toronto International Film Festival, according to the Washington Post.
The singer said, “I would always say I was consenting, and then I’d be reminded like ‘Hey, you were 15, you’re not consenting at 15.’ Now I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, they’re all pedophiles. It’s all statutory rape.'”
In 2008, Canada increased the age of consent from 14 to 16. There is, however, a “close-in-age” provision that legalizes sex between teenagers separated by less than five years “to avoid inadvertently criminalizing consensual sexual activity between young people.”
According to the Post’s preview of the Jagged documentary, the singer did not want to reveal the person behind her hit song “You Oughta Know,” who was one of her abusers.
“I did tell a few people, and it kind of fell on deaf ears,” she reportedly said in the documentary. “It would usually be a stand-up, walk-out-of-the-room moment.”
Morissette also addressed those who may criticize her timing in speaking about the sexual assault. “You know a lot of people say, ‘why did that woman wait 30 years? And I’m like f—k off,” she said in the doc, per the Post. “They don’t wait 30 years. No one was listening, or their livelihood was threatened, or their family was threatened.”
She said, “The whole ‘why do women wait’ thing? Women don’t wait. Our culture doesn’t listen.”
According to the Post, Morissette is apparently not attending the film’s Toronto Film Festival debut on Tuesday for unclear reasons. The film will be broadcast on HBO later this year.
“Of course, I wish Alanis could be there. It was a privilege to make this film, and I’m really proud of it,” said Alison Klayman, the film’s director. “Hopefully, there will be other opportunities in the future for her to come to film events.”
Britney Spears and Sam Asghari Announce Their Engagement on Instagram
After more than four years of dating, Britney Spears and Sam Asghari confirmed their engagement on Sunday. The singer and actor-turned-fitness enthusiast were romantically involved after meeting on the filming of Spears’ 2016 music video for “Slumber Party.”
Spears, 39, and Asghari, 27, announced their engagement on Instagram, and Asghari’s manager Brandon Cohen told PEOPLE he is “proud to celebrate and confirm the engagement.”
“The couple made their long-standing relationship official today and are deeply touched by the support, dedication, and love expressed to them,” Cohen said, adding that New York City jeweler Roman Malayev designed Spears’ new ring.
“He couldn’t be happier to be involved and make this one-of-a-kind ring,” Cohen continued.
Spears, who a source exclusively tells PEOPLE is “ecstatic” about the proposal, showcased her new rock in a beautiful video with Asghari by her side. “Yes!” she responds to Asghari’s question about if she enjoys her new bling.
The singer has endured a year of ups and downs as she fights to be released from her 13-year conservatorship.
In a March interview with Forbes, the Iranian-born actor discussed the start of his relationship with Spears and said he was eager to advance his career and relationship.
“My priorities in life are to remain humble and understand where I came from and where I’m going,” he told Forbes at the time. “I want to take my career to the next step when it comes to acting. I want to take my relationship to the next step, as well. I don’t mind becoming a father. I want to be a young dad.”
A few months later, during her testimony at a conservatorship hearing, the singer stated unequivocally that she desired to marry and have a kid with Asghari, and a friend of the couple told PEOPLE that he, too, was eager to settle down.
“He’s ready for marriage and kids with Britney and is serious about the relationship. She wants to take that next step and have that full life with him,” said the friend. “As a couple, they’ve hidden how they’ve really felt even from people close to them because they were anxious and scared, but now it’s all out there.”
Following the publication of an unauthorized documentary on Hulu about Spears’ life and conservatorship, Asghari told PEOPLE he was “looking forward” to a “normal, amazing future” with the pop star.