Siri keeps data for "up to two years", but only anonymously

Robert McMillan explains what happens to the data generated and stored with Siri queries: "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." [Wired]


    1. Because this will be followed by the usual mass hysteria around Apple, with the truncated title “Siri keeps your private data for up to 2 years!”.

    2. Because it’s private and possible sensitive data.  I actually understand the need of Apple (and doubtless others) to keep this data around to us it as test cases. 

      However, just disassociating isn’t really enough to protect from possible misuse, should it come to that, because it still contains identifiable personal information and apparently also the voice print.

      I wouldn’t be at all surprised if some researchers would demonstrate how easy it is the re-associate the voicedata to a person.

      Again, I don’t assume nefarious purposes, but it’s certainly important enough to keep an eye on them. 

    3. This is the unstory. Like: Apple wouldn’t tell you how long they log your voice requests – that was a story. Is the policy insane? Let’s find out… Ok…that seems pretty OK as a policy (if followed!).

      This is why clearly declared data policies as a proactive measure are good corporate PR.

    4. Are you serious? Or are you trying to divert the customary iphone attackers?

      Also… should be just a matter of a few days before this story will reappear with the name Android.

  1. So it’s possible that that one time I was drunk and told Siri that I was lonely and asked her why she couldn’t be a real girl won’t come back to haunt me forever? Good to know.

    1. Not really.  Do you have something more concrete that we should be worried about?  If not, I’d like to take off the tinfoil hat now.  Thanks.

    2. If you go by “what else they might not be telling you“: Do you use Bing or Google?  And an Android phone whose source code – and I mean the *complete* source code of all components you use – you may use?

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