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What should verbal consent look like for voice assistants?

Determining how voice assistants should broker consent to share data with third party software has proven to be a complex problem. Alexa now offers “voice-forward consent”, allowing users to grant skills access to personal data mid-conversation using speech. While more usable and convenient than current alternatives, asking for consent 'on the fly' can undermine several concepts core to the informed consent process. The intangible nature of voice interfaces further blurs the boundary between parts of an interaction controlled by third-party developers from the underlying platforms. We outline a research agenda towards usable and effective voice-based consent to address the problems with brokering consent verbally, including our own work drawing on the GDPR and work on consent in Ubicomp. Read More ›

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