Apple has been open that it screens some Siri recordings to improve the AI assistant's ability to "understand you better and recognize what you're saying." But there are more of these recordings – especially random ones – than most customers realize, announces The Guardian, and they are heard by high-speed human entrepreneurs, not just Apple's internal team. Even worse, an alert states that the recordings often contain very private details that can be used to identify and compromise Apple's users.
According to the report, the key issue is that Siri can be triggered by accidental audio signals, including everything from the sound of a zipper to the word "Syria", as well as gestures like raising an Apple Watch at a certain angle. These accidental activations are not only frequent; on Watch, they also lead to 30-second recordings, some of which are shared with Apple's contractors for analysis, where they "can gather a good idea of what's going on."
The excerpts have allegedly included "countless instances" of discussions between doctors and patients, sexual encounters, business agreements, and criminal activity such as drug agreements, accompanied by user location, contact information, and app data. that Apple does not "make much sense of who works there, and the amount of data that we are free to review seems quite wide … If there were someone with unpleasant intentions, it would not be difficult to identify [people on the recordings]. "
Siri responds to the question" are you always listening? "by saying" I only listen when you talk to me, "gives a false sense of security about accidental activations. The most frequent recording comes from Apple Watches and HomePod speakers, the announcer said, without specifying ratios for Apple's other devices, such as iPhones, iPads and Apple TVs.
Asked for comment, Apple indicated that the requests were not associated with the user's Apple ID, claiming that the Siri responses were analyzed in "secure facilities" by reviewers who are all "under an obligation to comply with Apple's strict confidentiality requirements." The company said that only a random subset of less than 1
Apple has positioned itself as the world's most privacy-conscious tech giant, which in recent months has been marketing its devices as particularly secure with users' personal information. In January, it launched a giant billboard at CES on the theme "what's happening on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone," and reps have portrayed the company as completely uninterested in what's on users' devices – except to keep the content safe from unwanted research . The company also explicitly said last year that iPhones do not spy on users, although faults in the FaceTime Audio system have twice allowed other users to hear private conversations near iPhones.