Apple Stores Your Siri Data for Two Years But Anonymizes It After Six Months

Posted April 19, 2013 at 2:53pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 5175 views

Apple stores your Siri data for up to two years but anonymizes it after six months, according to information provided to Wired by spokeswoman Trudy Muller.

Here’s what happens. Whenever you speak into Apple’s voice activated personal digital assistant, it ships it off to Apple’s data farm for analysis. Apple generates a random numbers to represent the user and it associates the voice files with that number. This number — not your Apple user ID or email address — represents you as far as Siri’s back-end voice analysis system is concerned. Once the voice recording is six months old, Apple “disassociates” your user number from the clip, deleting the number from the voice file. But it keeps these disassociated files for up to 18 more months for testing and product improvement purposes.

“Our customers’ privacy is very important to us,” said Muller.

You can find the full Siri Privacy policy within the Siri Settings section on your iOS device.

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