Following an update to version 8.0, PS4 gamers were notified of an upcoming feature that would allow the PS5 to record voice chats that could be sent to Sony for moderation. This led to some confusion and some anger, where some thought that this meant that Sony would be recording ALL voice chats, essentially “spying” on its users.
Sony has since come forward to clarify the feature in a new post, stating that Sony themselves will not be recording the voice chats of gamers, nor will all voice chats be recorded at all. Instead, gamers who are experiencing harassment or abuse over voice chat while they’re gaming have the option of reporting the other player, in which only the most recent five minutes are being recorded.
According to Sony, “Once the PS5 console launches, if a PS5 player needs to file a harassment report, they will be able to include up to a 40 second-long Voice Chat clip in their report — 20 seconds of the main conversation with the other player, plus an additional 10 seconds before and after the conversation selection. Only the most recent five minutes of a Voice Chat will be available for a player to use for this reporting function.”
That being said, it appears that there is no way to opt out of this feature, which means that you should probably be on your best behavior if you don’t want to be reported (which you should always do anyway). An alternative would be to stop using the feature completely, or use third-party solutions like Discord.