Over on Wired yesterday a report revealed that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was investigating how Apple uses the information gathered by Siri. Turns out, Apple does in fact store everything you ask Siri. Whether you tell Siri you love it, or ask it where the best place to bury a dead body is, that phrase is stored in one of Apple’s gigantic data centers somewhere on a hard drive. But don’t let that worry you. Here’s what goes down each time you perform an action via Siri:
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.
Essentially, Apple keeps your questions and commands for up to 2 years in total. May sound scary, but there’s no way of knowing that it’s you who’s asked it. Even in the first 6 months, your recorded actions are associated number which no one knows is you, and there’s no way of tracing that. So, what’s the big deal? I’m really not sure. None of your private information is collected or stored.
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