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Submission + - Google Chrome allows websites to spy on nearby conversations (ibtimes.com)

AllTheTinfoilHats writes: A security flaw in Google Chrome that allows any website you visit with the browser to listen in on nearby conversations. It doesn't allow sites to access your microphone's audio, but provides them with a transcript of the browser's speech-to-text transcriptions of anything in range.

It was found by a programmer in Israel, who says Google issued a low-priority label to the bug when he reported it, until he wrote about it on his blog and the post started picking up steam on social media.

The website has to keep you clicking for eight seconds to keep the microphone on, and Google says it has no timeline for a fix.

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb