In response to questions and criticisms from mobile privacy advocates, Apple has finally capitulated and revealed how long it stores SirI-related user data.
From searches to commands, everything that users put into Siri remains with Apple for quite a while.
Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller tells Wired that anonymized user data is retained for approximately 24 months.
“Apple may keep anonymized Siri data for up to two years,” Muller reveals. “If a user turns Siri off, both identifiers are deleted immediately along with any associated data.”
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.
Are you comfortable with Apple retaining your Siri data for upwards of two years?