All the requests people make through Siri are being stored on Apple servers for a period of up to two years, according to Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller. The statement was in response to Wired inquiries about ambiguity in Siri’s privacy policies, which were initially pointed out by American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Nicole Ozer.
Muller says that Apple is anonymizing the data, and only collecting voice clips in order to improve Siri.
When a Siri request is made, the voice clip is sent to Apple servers for analysis. A set of random numbers is generated to represent the person and voice files are linked. After six months a file is disassociated with its user, but the file is kept for as long as 18 months for testing and development. Muller says that if a person turns Siri off, identifiers and any associated data are deleted immediately.
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