Apple keeps anonymized Siri data for up to two years for testing and improvement purposes

Apple keeps anonymized Siri data for up to two years for testing and improvement purposes

After privacy concerns were raised regarding data it gets from Siri, Apple has revealed that it keeps that data for up to two years. Apple generates a random string of numbers to associate with your voice data, rather than using your Apple ID, and any Siri data they collect from you goes under that number. Data, however, is decoupled from that number. According to Wired an Apple spokesperson explained:

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.

If, however, a user were to turn Siri off, any identifiers, including the data itself, is deleted. While the fact that Apple keeps Siri data for two years, whatever protections are in place, might make some wary, we should keep in mind that Siri and Apple are not unique in keeping data. We put so much of ourselves online now, and a lot of the time we don’t know where it goes. It’s up to each user to decide who to trust with their data, and how much they trust.

Source: Wired

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Apple keeps anonymized Siri data for up to two years for testing and improvement purposes


I already replied to this subject thread but have a question?

Does Apple keep Siri responses as well as cellphone numbers she calls as well as messages she sends

Yeah...this is where it gets creepy. They don't attach names to the requests, but they do see that I called my wife and family at <number> and the texts I sent to them as well.

That's not cool.

So all personal messages dictated by Siri are read by someone at Apple for pattern recognition fitness analysis purposes, aka "product improvement." And Apple users put up with this? Even Google would not dare do something so outrageous!

Do you really think Google is not doing the same thing? I am sure the data they have has not even been made anonymous.

the funny part of this story is Apple hasn't even offered Siri for two years. That said, it is a bit creepy that they are keeping a record of all usage with Siri

Dictation as well. This is built into OS X too. It's great to know someone is keeping a backup for you right?

<< When you use Siri or Dictation, the things you say will be recorded and sent to Apple in order to convert what you say into text and to process your requests.

Your device will also send Apple other information, such as your first name and nickname; the names, nicknames, and relationship with you (e.g., "my dad") of your address book contacts; and song names in your collection (collectively, your "User Data").>>

I'm glad they do this, because if I ask Siri to call a friend and she display the name, but she ask who would I like to call....I'm going to scream! Hopefully this data will provide better enhancements.