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Your Siri voice files are kept by Apple for up to two years, though anonymized

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Your Siri voice files are kept by Apple for up to two years, though anonymized
Not that it should come as any surprise that most cloud services, including Apple, Google and Facebook, are keeping our data for quite a long time, but it seems that Siri, the venerable voice assistant, is hoarding your searches and commands for two years up there.

Apple spokesperson Tracy Muller has confirmed that it "may keep anonymized Siri data for up to two years." The important things to know, however, is that the data is anonymous, and deleted if the buyer turns Siri off. No Apple ID or email are recorded, but rather the voice files are assigned a random number, which gets separated from the clips in six months. 

Still, the data itself remains for product improvement purposes up to 18 months after that, for a total of two years. Google's Voice Search and Now services probably have terms of their own in this spirit, so their ability to use voice commands offline becomes pretty important for those suffering from privacy anxiety.

source: Wired

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posted on 19 Apr 2013, 09:21 8

1. Topcat488 (Posts: 1141; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Who cares how long, as long as my weed gets delivered on time... And not two years later. xD

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 11:21 2

8. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I feel sorry for you.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 23:37

17. Topcat488 (Posts: 1141; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Feel sorry for yourself, it might help someone... I'm HAPPY.

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 16:02

20. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


May help someone to get addiction to the drugs?

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 12:05 2

10. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6422; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


u must be very high. and what does WEED HAVE TO DO with mobile news?

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 23:36

16. Topcat488 (Posts: 1141; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


You "Inspector" Never contribute anything worth reading leave your parents computer alone and get out of their basement and get some fresh air... Weed is "Legal".

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 16:39

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 11167; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Dang topcat, snoop dog would give you a green thumb lol

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 23:42

18. Topcat488 (Posts: 1141; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Yeah man, Snoop Lion and me could go to town on the sticky icky yicky.... I'll take that green over a green thumb any day.

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 09:36

19. Abbath (Posts: 99; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


wtf lol

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 10:10 7

2. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


So all the naughty things I asked/said on my friend's siri will be kept by Apple for 2 years...?

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 10:16 5

3. Ninetysix (Posts: 1578; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Yes. The FBI van is outside your house as we speak.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 10:58 2

7. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Outside my friend's house actually.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 12:05

11. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6422; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


never knew your gf was SIRI (scarcasm).

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 10:19 7

4. chocolaking (Posts: 440; Member since: 22 May 2012)


feels like privacy invaded..

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 10:26 2

5. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1343; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


like every one else doesn't violate privacy

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 10:42 1

6. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 293; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


I wouldn't get your undies in a bunch about this. Voice recognition is hard. Modern tech does a pretty good job, but certain words and environmental conditions can still pose challenges.

Their algorithms and methods are under constant improvement, and when they make changes they have two options. They could make it go live right away and utilize their users as beta testers, but you could end up with a mess like the Apple Maps launch. But if they have a back-log of real-world data to run through their software they can prove out their changes before releasing it to the field, and they end up with a much better user experience.

IMO is they wanted to keep tabs on you it would be far easier to do so using text forms your browsing history, search queries and selections, and your location data.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 11:47

9. Daftama (Posts: 563; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


That's hilarious I didn't know we had privacy

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 12:05 5

12. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6422; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Another reason not too own a iPhone.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 12:13

13. Ninetysix (Posts: 1578; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Notsureifsrs.jpg

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 12:18

14. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Anonymous voice data isn't that anonymous, your voice print is almost like your signature and something recording your voice and storing it isn't a great thing. Just as long as you don't have a voice attenuated security system that requires your voice imprint. But I suppose that they can amass enough data that they can create a program that can adeptly recreate your voice and use it for voice disguise. Technology is great but it can also be used just like everything good for unscrupulous reasons.

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