“Siri, what is John’s address?”
“Siri, set my business meeting up for 11:30am.”
What you say to Siri, does not stay with Siri.
Just another convenient, voice-activated app thought up by the big wigs at Apple, Siri is able to answer questions, send messages and set reminders. While these questions and commands seem meaningless to some, data security comes into question once Apple reveled what they do with the information.
Not many Apple users are aware that Siri “conversations” are reported and saved to Apple’s data bank for analysis. The data is kept on file for up to two years for “testing and product improvement purposes.”
Here’s the path of your Siri information according to CNN’s Wired
Start with a simple command or question to Siri, which is then sent directly to Apple’s database for analysis. Apple immediately generates a series of numbers, not in any way related to your user ID or email address, to represent you as far as Siri’s back-end voice analysis technology goes.
For six months, anything and everything you have relayed to Siri is stored and can be used at Apple’s digression.
After the six month mark, the data is disassociated with the random series of numbers linked to you. However, the information is still kept on file for up to a year and a half more for testing and research and development.
Even though Siri may not be directly related to your number, account or email, transcripts of sensitive data and information may reveal more than anyone would desire.
Data security is a top threat today, especially with the emerging government bill, CISPA. CISPA is the Cyber Intelligence sharing and Protection Act and is a proposed law that would permit the sharing of Internet traffic information between the U.S. Government and technology and manufacturing companies.
Proponents of the act believe it will boost data security in cyberspace, while the opponents consider it a complete violation of privacy and American civil liberties.
As technology progresses, it is vital for the public to think before they speak or act. You never know whose hands your information will end up in.