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  • Apple Can Retain Siri Data for Two Years


    Let's say your first user experience with Siri took place approximately eighteen months ago. You may not even remember what you asked of Siri in those early days of experimentation with the service. But there's a good chance that Apple does.

    From questions to commands, everything that users put into Siri remains with Apple for up to two years. That's not a guess or a rumor. That's an admission straight from Apple, which confirmed today that anonymized user data is retained for approximately 24 months.

    As of this writing, Siri itself isn't yet 24 months ago, as the feature was only made available to iOS users in late 2011.

    To be perfectly clear, here's what Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller says: “Apple may keep anonymized Siri data for up to two years... If a user turns Siri off, both identifiers are deleted immediately along with any associated data.”

    From Wired:

    Whenever you speak into Apple’s voice activated personal digital assistant, it ships it off to Apple’s data farm for analysis. Apple generates a random numbers to represent the user and it associates the voice files with that number. This number — not your Apple user ID or email address — represents you as far as Siri’s back-end voice analysis system is concerned. Once the voice recording is six months old, Apple “disassociates” your user number from the clip, deleting the number from the voice file. But it keeps these disassociated files for up to 18 more months for testing and product improvement purposes.
    Apple has recently come under pressure to reveal how it stores data born of Siri's usage. Many consumer privacy advocates feel that Apple should be more transparent.

    Source: Wired
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Can Retain Siri Data for Two Years started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. rickuk's Avatar
      rickuk -
      So if I used Siri all I have do is disable it every few days and Apple don't get to keep their mitts on my information
    1. 5kylar's Avatar
      5kylar -
      I think people blow this privacy stuff waay out of proportion. It's all anonymous. Any company collecting data does so for legitimate reasons. Every time I turn around it seems people are going crazy over something tracking them. Who cares :P
    1. dsjarvis's Avatar
      dsjarvis -
      Agreed ^^
    1. GrumpySod's Avatar
      GrumpySod -
      Thank god I wear my foil hat when using Siri
    1. bry2k2's Avatar
      bry2k2 -
      Keep on thinking that, your in for a big surprise if you think companies keep your personal data a secret or use it responsibly.

      Quote Originally Posted by 5kylar View Post
      I think people blow this privacy stuff waay out of proportion. It's all anonymous. Any company collecting data does so for legitimate reasons. Every time I turn around it seems people are going crazy over something tracking them. Who cares :P
    1. Liveitlive's Avatar
      Liveitlive -
      Quote Originally Posted by bry2k2 View Post
      Keep on thinking that, your in for a big surprise if you think companies keep your personal data a secret or use it responsibly.
      What kind of surprise? Like more spam mail?
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Sir, John has asked Siri "Where can I bury a body 57 times," is that call for alarm? Do you think we should call someone on that?
    1. Jokadaking's Avatar
      Jokadaking -
      Quote Originally Posted by GrumpySod View Post
      Thank god I wear my foil hat when using Siri
      Lol. U get 2 kool points for that
    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GrumpySod View Post
      Thank god I wear my foil hat when using Siri
      Yeah lol! Pretty good!
    1. recognition's Avatar
      recognition -
      Quote Originally Posted by rickuk View Post
      So if I used Siri all I have do is disable it every few days and Apple don't get to keep their mitts on my information
      Apple don't know its your information, your voice files are linked to a random number, not you personally. So what does it matter?