IBM headquarters is a Siri-free zone

IBM headquarters is a Siri-free zone
If you have a question for Siri, you better ask it outside of IBM’s territory because the digital assistant out of Cupertino is banned on their turf. MIT’s Technology Review got a chance to sit down with IBM chief information officer Jeanetter Horan to talk about IBM’s “bring your own device” policy and learned that IBM has bans on several popular pieces of software due to security concerns. In addition to Siri, iCloud and Dropbox are also not welcome in the workplace.

So what is IBM worried about? If you’re like most people you probably skip over those long terms of service agreements and just jump into the good stuff, but people like Horan have the job of reading through these legally binding clauses to determine what they actually mean and how it can impact their company. If you’ve ever used Siri, you’ve agreed to this:

So, yes, you have given Apple the legal right to record your voice, save it to its servers, let it decide who gets to listen to it, and it can decide how long it need to keep it for. Oh, and it also collects other information from your device, such as names of people in your address book – in the name of making Siri better. Perhaps you really don’t care if your queries are limited to asking Siri how many beers your buddy can handle or where the nearest pizza joint is, but if you’re IBM, it’s obviously a big deal.

MIT’s Technology Review said IBM “worries that the spoken queries might be stored somewhere.” Horan admits that IBM’s security policies are “extraordinarily conservative,” but with the uncertainties around what data is being collected, who has access, and how it is being used, it seems that IBM is taking the cautious, yet smart route by banning Siri altogether.

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12 Comments

1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

In other words, this is no different than policies banning phones with cameras (or where the cameras have to be covered with resin). It may not be necessary, but I still approve.

4. wp74ver

Posts: 62; Member since: May 10, 2012

Bro you don't have a life ,you always posting on everything you need to get you a girl real talk.

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I love this assumption that because I'm a prolific poster here I somehow don't have time for a relationship. Please, tell me more about what a Casanova you must be, aided by your relative lack of posts here and your atrocious spelling and grammar.

6. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Some of us have jobs that allow internet freedom. It's fascinating.

7. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

says the loser with the screen name "windows phone 7 4ever"

8. StringCheese01

Posts: 64; Member since: Jan 27, 2012

LOL what a goon! Don't feed the trolls!

12. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

It takes like five minutes to visit a website on your mobile phone and read/post a few things.

2. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

So basically IBM is worried Apple will overhear important IBM information and steal it.

3. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Wasn't the government up in arms over Google collecting data about people....wouldn't this be very similar to that?

10. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Yes, it would be, but you know how that goes....

9. ilia1986 unregistered

IBM. Doing something right by opposing Apple ever since 1982. :)

11. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Apple collecting data???!!!! Over the top from IBM admittingly useless they know more than we do on what practises apple use

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