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

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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20 Comments

1. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

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

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I feel sorry for you.

17. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

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

20. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

May help someone to get addiction to the drugs?

10. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

16. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 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".

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

18. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 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.

19. Abbath

Posts: 99; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

wtf lol

2. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

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

3. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

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

7. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Outside my friend's house actually.

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

never knew your gf was SIRI (scarcasm).

4. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

feels like privacy invaded..

5. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

like every one else doesn't violate privacy

6. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

9. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

12. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Another reason not too own a iPhone.

13. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

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14. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 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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