What you need to know
- Apple said it will keep computer generated transcriptions from audio recordings of Siri interactions.
- These transcripts could be retained for six months.
- The transcripts will be retained whether you opt in or not.
Apple this week made some big changes to how it handles Siri recordings, saying it will no longer, by default, retain audio recordings of Siri interactions, and instead let users opt in when the Siri grading program relaunches later this year.
That's a big step toward improving user privacy, which Apple admitted it betrayed following a news story about contractors listening to Siri recordings that may include private information. But Apple won't completely cease using your interactions with the company's assistant.
In Apple's new FAQ page about Siri grading, the company says it will continue to review computer-generated transcripts of audio requests, and that the transcripts will be retained for up to six months, regardless if you opt in or not.
Apple says the only way to stop the company from retaining transcriptions of your Siri audio is to disable Siri and Dictation. For users who want the utmost in privacy but also rely on Siri and Dictation to communicate, there aren't many options.
Elsewhere in Apple's FAQ, Apple explains why it keeps transcripts even for users who don't opt in.
So, what are you going to do when Siri's new grading program relaunches in the fall? Let Apple keep transcripts of your Siri interactions? Or completely turn off Siri and dictation?
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