How to block Apple contractors from listening on your accidental Siri recordings

How to block Apple contractors from listening on your accidental Siri recordings
Apple's voice-operated Siri virtual butler has been in hot water lately, due to an initial setting that gives third-party contractors access to accidental voice recordings. Amazon and Google do it with their smart speakers and the virtual Google Assistant or Alexa loaded on them but upon the initial setup they let you uncheck that option.

The reasoning behind having real people snooping on recordings is to improve the voice-controlled assistants' performance and command recognition, of course, nothing nefarious, but having access to personal and what most people would assume, confidential, conversations, is a big no-no. 

That wouldn't even be such a problem if the Siri activations were done with the respective phrase, yet sometimes your HomePod or Apple Watch mistake other phrases for "Hey, Siri!," and even a zipper sound has happened to send a request or two on an occasion. Apple's response is in line with the "nothing nefarious" train of thought, of course:


Configuration profile disabling server-side logging of Siri requests for your Mac, iPhone and iPad

 
Still, if you don't want some unknown researcher snooping on accidental Siri recordings, there is a way around Apple's existent automatic system for opting you in. Here's what you need to do:

1. Go to Jan Kaiser's GitHub repo and click or tap on the "Prevent server-side logging of Siri commands.mobileconfig" file link



2. Switch to "Raw" view from the buttons above the code to download the profile on your iPhone or iPad;



3. Go to Settings, and click on the first "Profile Downloaded" option at the top;



4. In the profile screen, tap on the Install option, then tap Install again after the "not signed" warning;



5. That's it, you have now opted out of accidental Siri recording reviews by third-party contractors, neat!

FEATURED VIDEO

5 Comments

1. cmdacos

Posts: 4248; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

You want me to install software that some random created? Nope. Apple should just follow Google's and Amazon's privacy policy and slow this to be opted out.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7416; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

HomePod is a waste of money to begin with. Especially when your only connection option is AirPlay. Not to mention if you want to play anything using your voice, then your only option is Apple Music. What good is a smart speaker if you have to resort to using your iPhone to select the songs and music you want to listen to. iOS developers still to this day cannot make any standalone Siri voice apps for the HomePods. Just dumb. What's on your Apple devices stays on your Apple devices, sometimes. Apple's new privacy and security ad.

2. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

I thought by Apple standards it was not even an option that third party apps would be able to listen to your recordings. Especially how Apple loves to emphasis about it's privacy rules. I guess their are always exceptions to those claims.

5. lyndon420

Posts: 6815; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

That's how they get 'em - false claims and faux luxury lol.

4. Tipus

Posts: 893; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

"It's all Apple contractors, Apple has nothing to do with it"- PA. :))

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.