Apple said it would suspend a program that allowed staff to listen to conversations people have had with Siri's voice assistant. Still, the suspension is somewhat temporary in nature to calm Apple's critics.
CNBC reports that "Apple sent a statement, in part, that" We are committed to providing a great Siri experience while protecting users' privacy. While conducting a thorough review, we are suspending Siri character globally.
as part of a future software update, users will have the option to opt in to grading. ""
Only time will tell if the user will have the option to opt in or opt out. If users are forced to opt out, then it really is a shell game and just a temporary suspension of practice. We'll have to wait and see how Apple handles this when their future software update arrives.
As it was under the program, if you said, "Hi Siri, what's the weather today?" Someone at Apple could listen to a recording of that question. Apple says it doesn't listen to all calls, just a small fraction. The company also says the recordings are anonymous.
Although Apple did not hide the fact that it uploads this data anonymously, The Guardian reported on July 26 that workers who were listening have heard about drug deals, medical details and more.
Apple's privacy pressures to expand encryption to prevent law enforcement do not appear to extend it to protect private Hey Siri requests.
We also learn today from a Business Insider (BI) report that "Google has been forced by German authorities to temporarily suspend its practice of manually reviewing audio recordings that help train its Google Assistant product, According to a report on Thursday.
The entire EU ban will take place over three months, and is the result of a July report in which a Dutch media committee used played audio excerpts from a third-party reviewer to show that some Google Assistant users had been recorded by their devices without knowing. "Read the full BI report for more on this.
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