Will Mycroft as a company share aggregate or de-identified information about users with third parties for marketing, advertising, research or similar purposes? Thanks
For folks who explicitly opt-in to donate their data ( you can do so at home.mycroft.ai ) we use the data for research ( to improve the accuracy of the wakeword spotter, speech to text engine, etc. ) . For users who don’t explicitly opt-in to have their data shared…no. No, we don’t, we won’t and if we screw that up ( which companies do from time to time as they grow and add people, vendors, etc. ) the screw-up will last only as long as I am unaware of it.
We do use third parties for service ( Wolfram Alpha provides some intelligence for our Q&A skill for example ). In those cases we proxy the queries through our back-end and they are presented to the third party service as a query from Mycroft AI Inc. They have no way to de-anonymize the data unless you as a user provide identifiable information in the actual query.
I can assure you that we do not sell your information for any reason, to anyone, even if it has been de-identified and aggregated. We only share data if you have explicitly Opted-in to the Open Dataset via Home.mycroft.ai. This data is then shared with very select third parties like the Mozilla Foundation who use it to better train their DeepSpeech STT Engine.
Mozilla have independently validated that we do not share your information with any 3rd parties for what they call “unexpected reasons”. Those being anything that a “normal” person wouldn’t reasonably expect such as those outlined above.
If anyone has further questions, please feel free to ask away, always happy to talk privacy