Are your questions to Siri and Cortana being transmitted to a third party?

Are your questions to Siri and Cortana being transmitted to a third party?
Could Apple be recording your voice when you ask Siri a question, and transmit the so-called "voice data" to third parties? As paranoid as that might sound, a Reddit poster who goes by the handle FallenMyst claims that she listens to clips of recordings made of Siri users making inquiries to Apple's virtual personal assistant.

In a Reddit post, FallenMyst explains that she works for a company called Walk N’ Talk Technologies where her job is to listen to these recordings and match it up with the text generated by the vocal inquiry to check for "incorrect interpretations." As part of her job, she is charged with generating feedback on how to improve Siri's understanding of the questions being asked by iOS users.

While we strongly suggest that you take this story with the proverbial grain of salt, Apple’s iOS Software License Agreement states that your voice data could be used "to provide and improve Siri, Dictation, and dictation functionality in other Apple products and services." Most iOS users gloss over the legalese when agreeing to any licensing agreement. Walk N' Talk supposedly also works with Cortana to improve the accuracy of Microsoft's personal assistant.

Even though this has not been confirmed, perhaps the safest thing that Siri and Cortana users can do is to watch what they say to the ol' gals and refrain from asking personal questions that you wouldn't want others to hear. According to FallenMyst, "Guys, I’m telling you, if you’ve said it to your phone, it’s been recorded…and there’s a damn good chance a third party is going to hear it." Just a few days ago, Samsung admitted that its Smart TVs can record things that you say in front of it and send the conversation to a third party.


Thanks for the tip!

source: Reddit via DigitalMunition

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8 Comments

1. TechWhale

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 08, 2014

What do you expect? It even states in the terms and conditions that the users voices are collected to better improve interpretation. I don't mind, if you're not happy with it don't use voice interpretation

3. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Agreed,its up to the user,however seeing as i sell phones myself i can say the average customer doesnt know about this surveillance and those who actually find out are horrified. Personally i dont use it,for the most part you just look silly in anywhere remotely public using siri etc. That saying i wouldnt use a finger print scanner either.

11. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

What about NSA?

2. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

With Siri it wouldnt surprise me one bit,id be less likely to think so about Cortana but then when it comes to Microsoft the likes of the xbox one have been described as the ultimate home surveilance device. Apple have been caught tracking peoples locations,taking front camera photos unannounced and sending and saving them to 'somewhere' so for iphone users its a given

4. AlikMalix unregistered

Apple have been caught taking front camera photos and sending and saving them somewhere? Somewhere? Never heard of it... You got proof? Link? Anything? As far as tracking people locations: you mean the location services toggles in the privacy menu? Well I keep some of those on for location based weather, location based businesses that work with my apps, and location based navigation (duh). I also allow siri and reminders app to track my location as I use location based reminders to keep my to-do tasks on track. All that can be turned off even the ad tracking. There's always tha possibility that turning off may not be complete block of tracking, but that goes for any device with hardware that allows tracking android, Apple, windows, bb, even your cars navigation system. On what bases do you believe that iOS users are tracked so much more than any other platform? All I know is that there are articles that point to big brother trying to hack iphones for years - but the keyword is trying! They're not trying to hack Google - is it because they've done it long time ago? We don't know. But don't lie to yourself thinking that you're safe with whatever you're using just because you read some conspiracy theory article on iOS, android, or whatever platforming you don't like.

9. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

13. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Why are you so defensive when someone is criticising your beloved ios? So annoying.

14. AlikMalix unregistered

Because Apple haters do the exact opposite taking speculation and plastering all over the web as facts!!! Just like the links above. Consider it as an effort to balance the overwhelming anti-Apple vomit

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