You can finally control your Siri recordings and data

You can finally control your Siri recordings and data
Privacy is a huge concern in our hyperconnected modern world. While smartphones offer incredible convenience and functionality, concerns have been raised as to how much of our data tech companies can access. With always-listening voice assistants, the issue is only more pressing. Thus, companies like Apple are taking measures to put control over privacy in user’s hands.

A huge step in this direction arrives with iOS 13.2 Beta, which finally offers the option to manage the data Apple’s virtual assistant Siri collects in a more direct way. The settings menu in the beta release contains a few new settings, including one labeled “Improve Siri and Dictation”, that allows you to opt out of having your recordings stored on Apple servers. However, as the name of the setting implies, this means potentially losing out on Siri’s performance.

If that seems too much for you, there is another new setting that might interest you. Under ‘Siri & Search”, “Delete Siri & Dictation” allows you to delete the data associated with your iPhone. This will reset anything Siri has learned about you, but any future interactions with the assistant will start rebuilding that data again.

This feature is not yet available on all iPhones, but once the iOS 13.2 beta release becomes stable, the new settings should start rolling out to everyone.

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5 Comments

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

At the end of the day both Apple employees and Apple's contractors can still view any Siri Users transcribed text. Regardless of the Siri setting to opt out or in.

3. Silva5

Posts: 46; Member since: Aug 15, 2019

Please provide evidence to support your claim.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's part of iPadOS 13.2, iOS 13.2, Apple tvOS 13.2, WatchOS 6.1 and MacOS 10.15.1. Now if you read it then you would see that some particulars of the new policy include: Only Apple employees will be reviewing audio clips, not contractors. Computer-generated transcripts are continuing to be used for ALL Siri users. These are in text form with no audio. They have been disassociated from identifying information by use of a random identifier. These text transcripts, which Apple says include a small subset of requests, may be reviewed by employees or contractors. Why is it people need proof. Do a Web search, look at your licenses and policies from Apple yourself. But I guess Silva5 your like the majority of people that don't read.

4. Vokilam

Posts: 1273; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Notice this troll never mentions that it’s the same for google assistant, bixby and alexa.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The real difference between Apple and the others, is Apple goes out of their way to make it seem like everything is private. When in reality that is far from the truth. Just remember Vokilam that anything and everything that any Apple customer can, and will say to Siri, can be seen by either Apple employees, or it's contractors. The only way that things can be private is to disable Siri.

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