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Report: Siri Stores Private Information

Posted on May 24, 2012
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Siri may be fun to use, especially if it actually understands what you are saying, but the voice-powered virtual assistant on the iPhone may be doing something you should be aware about. Wired magazine reports Siri is collecting your private data and it–along with other apps that have the same behavior–is putting the owners at risk.

A fine print on the software license agreement for the Apple iPhone indicates that when you use Siri or Dictation, the stuff you say will be recorded and sent to Apple, wherein it will be converted in text. Also, Siri collects information such as your address book and sensitive user data. Such behavior is said to be helpful for Siri to perform better.

However, not everyone is buying it. IBM’s Chief Information Office Jeanette Horan has expressed her concern, adding the some apps on personal smartphones–including Siri, Dropbox, and Apple’s iCloud–have been banned in her company for fear sensitive corporate information could be leaked.

Source: CNN, via WANE

 
 

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