The traffic comes after finding that company employees could hear the sound from both services, along with the sensitive personal data they contained. Apple, Google and, more recently, Facebook they seem to have done exactly the same with various of their respective products.
"We realized from recent questions that we could do better to clarify that sometimes there are people who are looking at this content," a Microsoft spokeswoman told Motherboard.
The company goes on to say how conversations made using Skype Translator are collected and used.
So in the Frequently Asked Questions of the product the company he says:
This may include transcribing audio recordings from Microsoft employees and vendors, subject to procedures designed to protect users' privacy, data requiring non-disclosure agreements with vendors and their employees, and requiring vendors to comply with high standards of privacy set by European law and elsewhere. "
The new terms for Cortana digital assistant contain now an identical paragraph.
Microsoft, however, allows users to delete their recordings with one special electronic tool.
But while other companies say they have stopped this behavior, Microsoft says it will continue to use the recordings in the same way, at least for now.