In fact, Apple’s iPhone Software License Agreement clearly states: “When you use Siri or Dictation, the things you say will be recorded and sent to Apple in order to convert what you say into text.” Siri collects a bunch of other information — names of people from your address book, your nicknames, music preferences and other unspecified user data, all to help Siri do a better job.
The user agreement states that: “By using Siri or Dictation, you agree and consent to Apple’s and its subsidiaries’ and agents’ transmission, collection, maintenance, processing, and use of this information, including your voice input and User Data, to provide and improve Siri, Dictation, and other Apple products and services.” And once Voice Input Data and User Data is collected, Apple reserves the right to share it with “Apple’s partners who are providing related services to Apple.”
Folks are beginning to catch on that the convenience of Siri may just be an invasion of privacy. So much so that The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California just issued a warning about using Siri and IBM has recently banned the use of Siri in the office for fear of what data is being shared by their employees.
The Reality Check? Does the convenience and fun of Siri outweigh the risks of invasion of privacy and the potential to be further marketed to based on your Siri demands? What do you think?