Last week, The Guardian reported on Apple's Siri grading program, where contractors listen to audio excerpts to evaluate the effectiveness of Siri's response to the trigger phrase. This article quoted a lot from an anonymous contractor who said that they and other contractors regularly heard private user information as part of the program.

In response, Apple has announced that it is suspending the Siri grading program worldwide. While Apple is suspended, Apple says it will evaluate the program and issue a software update that lets users choose whether to allow their audio to be used as part of the program.

In a statement to Matthew Panzarino, Apple Editor states:

"We are committed to providing a great Siri experience while protecting users' privacy," Apple said in a statement to TechCrunch. "While doing a thorough review, we are suspending Siri rating globally. In addition, as part of a future software update, users will have the opportunity to opt in to rating."

In a previous response to The Guardian, Apple had said that less than 1

% of daily Siri requests are sent to humans as part of the grading program. However, it is not very reassuring for users who are left wondering if snippets of their everyday life are part of the sound shared with entrepreneurs. Consequently, I am pleased to see that Apple is reviewing Siri quality control efforts and has promised to give users a choice if they want to participate.