Apple halts Siri response grading program after privacy concerns


Apple Inc said on Friday it suspended its global program where it analyzed recordings from users interacting with its voice assistant Siri, after some privacy concerns were raised about the program.

Apple's decision comes in the light of a report from in Guardian last week which said the company's contractors around the globe tasked with reviewing the recordings regularly heard confidential information and private conversations.

"While we conduct a thorough review, we are suspending Siri grading globally," an Apple spokeswoman said in a statement, adding that in a future software update, users will be able to opt out of the program.

Siri, Apple's iconic voice assistant, allows users to work their iPhone without using their hands, and can send messages, make calls and open multiple applications with voice commands alone.

Consumers have become accustomed to calling out names for popular voice assistants, such as Inc's Alexa, Google Inc's Google Assistant, among others.

In an effort to perform quality checks and improve the voice assistant's responses, contractors graded Siri's answers to user queries, the Guardian reported. They also looked at whether the response was triggered accidentally, without a deliberate query from the user, the newspaper said.

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So Apple was spying on customers under certain circumstances, but it's OK because it's only a small number, and the T&C's sort of maybe said this could happen. Apple is evil. Google is evil. Facebook is evil. And on, and on, and on. Our privacy should be guaranteed by law.

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Apple says many things... but you have to take those with a pinch of salt....

Their "Screentime".. is a Farce... I would be most happy to take on Apple in Court 1:1 on this fact, though Lawyers point to the contract we "signed" when we bought the Apple iPhone and say we haven't a chance of success.... Law makers will need to therefore be pressured to bring about a change here.

Their AppStore applications are not safe... I came across one - "GIF Keyboard", that wishes to capture and record ALL your keyboard inputs ... that's blatent spying, and supported by Apple ???

Apple has a "Support" organisation. Google Android does not. So I guess Apple gets a lot a flak, such as from me, but, Google is not without blame... so I agree i with "CrazyJoe" .. it's time to sort out the Wild Wild "Internet" - and that really shouldn't be so hard for someone with the balls to do so. Sadly Trump's cohort's threats to the UK about such taxation are simply badly timed, and deserve sacking, for those involved.... they're the Political World, and Morons in the Tech World - to put it bluntly, they shafted their own President (and that would go for whatever Political Party was in Power).

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