Apple suspends Siri snooping (and promises more control for the rest of us)

Apple suspends Siri snooping (and promises more control for the rest of us)




Apple has once again proved that it listens to valid criticism with the immediate global suspension of the Siri listening program that attracted so much controversy.

When it comes to privacy, Siri listens

At issue was quality control.

A small number of conversational snippets were shared with third party human contractors for quality control purposes.

That sounds innocuous enough, the problem is that some of those conversational snippets were highly personal, and many took place without the people who were recorded being aware that Siri was listening.

They may not even have made a conscious request.

Another challenge is that the fact snippets were shared with third parties wasn’t clear in Apple’s terms and conditions and users were given no control or oversight over such use.

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