In a recent post, the Guardian revealed that Apple has hired the contracting staff, who listen to Siri recordings of the consumers. One of the contractor, who asked Guardian not to reveal the name, told that workers hear the recordings of personal lives including doctor’s appointments, addresses, and even possible drug deals.
Apple says that this data “is used to help Siri and dictation … understand better and recognize what you day”. Apple told the Guardian: “A small portion of Siri requests are analysed to improve Siri and dictation. User requests are not associated with the user’s Apple ID. Siri responses are analysed in secure facilities and all reviewers are under the obligation to adhere to Apple’s strict confidentiality requirements.”
Siri has the possibility of getting accidentally activated when it mistakenly hears “hey Siri”. The other possibilities of Siri getting activated include: “the sound of a zip” and if an Apple watch detects it has been raised and then hears speech.
Sometimes, “you can definitely hear a doctor and patient, talking about the medical history of the patient. Or you’d hear someone, maybe with car engine background noise – you can’t say definitely, but it’s a drug deal … you can definitely hear it happening. And you’d hear, like, people engaging in sexual acts that are accidentally recorded on the pod or the watch.”
Apple doesn’t offer any option of opting out of the usage of Siri completely, unlike Amazon and Google allow their users.