IBM Bans Siri Use On Its Network Over Data Privacy Fears

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What happens to your conversations with Siri? Your queries are sent over the internet to Apple’s servers for processing. But what happens after that?

Does Apple store these conversations? Does anyone have access to them?

These questions have been raised by IBM’s CIO Jeanette Horan. Horan recently told MIT’s Technology Review that her company banned Siri from their network over fears that the assistant could be logging sensitive information.

Wired pointed out Horan’s reasons to worry:

“How long does Apple store all of this stuff, and who gets a look at it? Well, the company doesn’t actually say. Again, from the user agreement: “By using Siri or Dictation, you agree and consent to Apple’s and its subsidiaries’ and agents’ transmission, collection, maintenance, processing, and use of this information, including your voice input and USer Data, to provide and improve Siri, Dictation, and other Apple products and services.”

It’s fairly common knowledge that Apple uses Siri data to improve the service. Any issues regarding the security of that data could be applied to internet companies like Facebook, Google, Bing, etc. that process information.

Perhaps, in the coming days, companies like Google, Apple will eventually be forced to anonymize the queries.

Considering the types of conversations you have had with Siri, are you worried that someone might be reading them? Share your thoughts and concerns.

Source: iDownload Blog

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