Sony PS4 Listening Posts
08/25/2021 (Wed) 01:19:56
Sony PS4 users beware: The PS4 has been observed receiving and rebroadcasting audio data EVEN WHEN A GAME'S MICROPHONE INPUT IS DISABLED. If your headset isn't physically set to mute, the PS4 (and most likely Sony's speech-to-text infrstructure as well) is receiving, transcribing, and in some cases where a game supports area voice chat (like ESO's PvP area Cyrodiil) rebroadcasting audio even when the player has the game's configuration options set to mute.
Sony's speech-to-text feature makes this particularly insidious because it means that it is possible that millions of player's speech is being recorded, transcribed, and stored in text format without their knowledge or consent.