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Apple Stops Allowing Contractors from Listening to Siri Recordings


Following the ruckus caused by a whistle-blower, Apple has decided to suspend Siri grading, a process which had allowed contractors to listen to Apple users’ Siri recordings. The whistle-blower had also added that the process had exposed some confidential information from the users, since Siri was accidentally activated also. Drug deals, recordings of people having sex were some of the sensitive information that were made available to the contractor workers.

“We are committed to delivering a great Siri experience while protecting user privacy. While we conduct a thorough review, we are suspending Siri grading globally. Additionally, as part of a future software update, users will have the ability to choose to participate in grading,” an Apple spokesperson was quoted saying in an official statement given to The Verge. The statement makes it clear that Apple has finally acknowledged, at least indirectly, the act of giving access to at least some Siri recordings.

It is worth noting, however, that the company has not made anything clear regarding the process. While Siri grading is a term mentioned in the official documents from Apple, the way recordings are handed over to a number of contractors is still an affair of confusion. The Privacy Policy page of Apple, in its difficult-to-read language, does not help users at this point. According to several statements that were provided by Apple at times, the company is conducting the Siri grading process at secure facilities.

More importantly, Apple says that users still have to wait for some time to get the opt-out feature. It means a user cannot stay away from the Siri grading process, even if they want to. This is unlike the case of Alexa or Google Assistant, both of which allow customers to opt out of the human-review process of conversations they have with the digital assistant. Only time will prove how Apple is going to change the grading process, as to encourage better privacy.

Herbert Devil

I am covering the global region for electronics and technology sector for motorexpo.com. Previously I was Technology writer for a news company in the UK, and in 2015, I was awarded as one of the best journalists. I have spent time discovering global trends and advance technologies for communication and electronic media. Also, I have more interest in Electronics gadgets, technology in mobile, and wearable technology. You can connect me using the contact form.