Hey Siri, are you still recording people's conversations despite promising not to do so nine months ago?

Hey Siri, are you still recording people's conversations despite promising not to do so nine months ago?

In a letter [PDF] sent to data protection authorities in Europe, Thomas Le Bonniec expresses his frustration that, despite exposing in April 2019 that Apple has hired hundreds of people to analyze recordings that its users were unaware had been made, nothing appears to have changed.

Apple whistleblower goes public over 'lack of action'

Apple whistleblower goes public over 'lack of action'

Following the revelations of Le Bonniec and his colleagues, Apple promised sweeping changes to its “grading” program, which involved thousands of contractors listening to recordings made, both accidentally and deliberately, using Siri.

Why Amazon, Google and Apple want to record our assistant interactions

Why Amazon, Google and Apple want to record our assistant interactions

Every person who brings a new Echo speaker from Amazon into their home gets automatically recorded every time they utter the "Alexa" wake word."Users can opt in to help Siri improve by learning from audio samples of their requests," Apple says.

'Mind your own business, Alexa!' How to keep secrets from your voice assistant

'Mind your own business, Alexa!' How to keep secrets from your voice assistant

Call centre workers who check how helpful our voice assistants are say they hear private conversations and couples having sex.Call-centre workers for companies such as Apple, Amazon and Google are hired to check recordings made by voice assistants including Alexa and Siri for accuracy and helpfulness.

How Apple personalizes Siri without hoovering up your data

How Apple personalizes Siri without hoovering up your data

Though Apple has been using differential privacy since 2017, it’s been combined with federated learning only as of iOS 13, which rolled out to the public in September of this year.

Hackers Can Silently Control Your Google Home, Alexa, Siri With Laser Light

Hackers Can Silently Control Your Google Home, Alexa, Siri With Laser Light

According to experiments done by a team of researchers from Japanese and Michigan Universities, a remote attacker standing at a distance of several meters away from a device can covertly trigger the attack by simply modulating the amplitude of laser light to produce an acoustic pressure wave.

Researchers hack Siri, Alexa, and Google Home by shining lasers at them

Researchers hack Siri, Alexa, and Google Home by shining lasers at them

While the researchers tested only Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, Facebook Portal, and a small number of tablets and phones, the researchers believe all devices that use MEMS microphones are susceptible to Light Commands attacks.

Are Google, Amazon, Apple Smart Speakers Carrying On Secret Surveillance?

Are Google, Amazon, Apple Smart Speakers Carrying On Secret Surveillance?

As reported by the Guardian on July 26: Apple contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality control, or “grading”, the company’s Siri voice assistant, the Guardian has learned.

Apple Just Gave 1.4 Billion iPad, iPhone Users A Reason To Leave

Apple Just Gave 1.4 Billion iPad, iPhone Users A Reason To Leave

Last month The Guardian revealed Apple was employing contractors to listen to and “grade” Siri recordings and they “regularly” heard confidential information from iPhone and iPad users, including medical information, drug deals and recordings of couples having sex.

Apple contractors listened to 1,000 Siri recordings per shift, says former employee

Apple contractors listened to 1,000 Siri recordings per shift, says former employee

Contractors in Cork were expected to each listen to more than 1,000 recordings from Siri every shift - before Apple suspended the practice last month, according to an employee who had their contract abruptly terminated this week.

Siri, Privacy, and Trust

Siri, Privacy, and Trust

Three weeks ago, writing for The Guardian, Alex Hern reported: Apple contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality control, or “grading”, the company’s Siri voice assistant, the Guardian has learned.

Amazon's Alexa comes under scrutiny of Luxembourg privacy watchdog

Amazon's Alexa comes under scrutiny of Luxembourg privacy watchdog

The increasing popularity of Alexa, Apple's Siri and Google Assistant has triggered concerns from politicians and privacy enforcers over how some companies handle recordings from users interacting with their voice assistants.

A new lawsuit accuses Apple of violating user's privacy by allowing Siri to record without consent

A new lawsuit accuses Apple of violating user's privacy by allowing Siri to record without consent

A recently filed class-action lawsuit accuses Apple of violating user privacy by recording consumers and minors with its Siri digital assistant without consent.Apple is facing a class-action lawsuit claiming that the company's Siri voice assistant is violating customer privacy by recording users without their consent.

How to delete Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant recordings of you

How to delete Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant recordings of you

Voice assistants are listening to you: How to delete Siri, Alexa and Google recordings.Open the app or go to Settings > Alexa Privacy > Review Voice History Click “Enable deletion by voice” You will be able to ask Alexa to delete your recordings.

'Opt Out' Is Useless. Let People Opt In

'Opt Out' Is Useless. Let People Opt In

Right now it’s unclear what form Apple’s Siri opt-out will take; the company has suspended its voice data collection temporarily and says only that once it resumes, “users will have the ability to choose to participate.” Apple didn’t respond to a request for more specific information.

Apple halts practice of contractors listening in to users on Siri

Apple halts practice of contractors listening in to users on Siri

The suspension was prompted by a report in the Guardian last week that revealed the company’s contractors “regularly” hear confidential and private information while carrying out the grading process, including in-progress drug deals, medical details and people having sex.

Apple suspends Siri response grading in response to privacy concerns

Apple suspends Siri response grading in response to privacy concerns

Apple says it will review the process that it uses, called grading, to determine whether Siri is hearing queries correctly, or being invoked by mistake. The Guardian story from Alex Hern quoted extensively from a contractor at a firm hired by Apple to perform part of a Siri quality control process it calls grading.

How to stop Apple from listening to your Siri recordings

How to stop Apple from listening to your Siri recordings

On your iPhone or iPad, head to GitHub to download the “Prevent server-side logging of Siri commands.mobileconfig” Swith to the Raw view, tap Allow to download the profile Complete the profile installation in Settings by reviewing it and tapping Install Kaiser is also encouraging users to let Apple know if they want a more transparent option in Setting to turn off server-side Siri response logging.

GitHub - jankais3r/Siri-NoLoggingPLS: Configuration profile disabling server-side logging of Siri requests for your Mac, iPhone and iPad

GitHub - jankais3r/Siri-NoLoggingPLS: Configuration profile disabling server-side logging of Siri requests for your Mac, iPhone and iPad

Configuration profile disabling server-side logging of Siri requests for your Mac, iPhone and iPad. 4 commits 1 branch 0 releases 1 contributor MIT Branch: master. Configuration profile disabling server-side logging of Siri requests for your Mac, iPhone and iPad. Installation steps: Open the.

Apple Contractors Hear "Sexual Acts" On Accidental Siri Recordings

Apple Contractors Hear "Sexual Acts" On Accidental Siri Recordings

Speaking to the Guardian, the anonymous Apple contractor explained that their role is to “grade” the quality of Siri responses and check whether the voice assistant’s activation was accidental or not.

Siri records fights, doctor’s appointments, and sex (and contractors hear it)

Siri records fights, doctor’s appointments, and sex (and contractors hear it)

One of the contract workers told The Guardian that Siri did sometimes record audio after mistaken activations. Apple, along with Google and Amazon, all have similar policies for the contract workers it hires to review those audio snippets.

Siri ‘regularly’ records sex encounters, sends ‘countless’ private moments to Apple contractors

Siri ‘regularly’ records sex encounters, sends ‘countless’ private moments to Apple contractors

They claimed accidental activations are much more frequent than Apple lets on, especially with Apple Watch users – and wants the company to own up to the problem.“There have been countless instances of recordings featuring private discussions between doctors and patients, business deals, seemingly criminal dealings, sexual encounters and so on.

Apple contractors 'regularly hear confidential details' on Siri recordings

Apple contractors 'regularly hear confidential details' on Siri recordings

Apple contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality control, or “grading”, the company’s Siri voice assistant, the Guardian has learned.

Stanford Team Aims at Alexa and Siri With a Privacy-Minded Alternative

Stanford Team Aims at Alexa and Siri With a Privacy-Minded Alternative

Now computer scientists at Stanford University are warning about the consequences of a race to control what they believe will be the next key consumer technology market — virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant.

'Siri, I'm getting pulled over': A shortcut for iPhones can automatically record the police

'Siri, I'm getting pulled over': A shortcut for iPhones can automatically record the police

There's a big new feature for iPhone experts this year: It's an app called Shortcuts, and with a little bit of logic and know-how, you can stitch together several apps and create a script that can be activated by pressing a button or using Siri.

Smart speaker recordings reviewed by humans

Smart speaker recordings reviewed by humans

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Google Home, Amazon Echo and Apple HomePod speakers According to Apple's security policy, voice recordings lack personally identifiable information and are linked to a random ID number, which is reset every time Siri is switched off.

How to remove your voice search history from Amazon, Google or Siri

How to remove your voice search history from Amazon, Google or Siri

The general consensus is that our mobile devices and smart tech is monitoring us, which is possible as everything seems to contain a microphone now… even television remotes. Luckily reputatable companies will have a way to view and delete your voice commands and other data easily within their interface.

Facebook Portal smart screen to launch amid concerns over privacy

Facebook Portal smart screen to launch amid concerns over privacy

It is controlled using voice commands, although Facebook has eschewed the personal approach of competitors such as Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa in favour of a more disembodied presence: users initiate instructions with: “Hey Portal.”

Ask Siri for Your Forgotten Passwords

Ask Siri for Your Forgotten Passwords

Alternatively, you can just ask Siri for the password for a particular site or app and she’ll take you to the account page in settings with the password information you requested.