Apple Suspends Siri Grading 08/05/2019

For future review Apple said users will have the option to opt-out

For future review Apple said users will have the option to opt-out

According to Apple, its contractors reviewed less than 1 percent of daily requests picked up by Siri.

Amazon Inc will let Alexa users opt out of human review of their voice recordings, a move that follows criticism that the program violated customers' privacy.

Many smart-speaker owners don't realize that Siri, Alexa and, until recently Google's Assistant, keep recordings of everything they hear after their so-called "wake word" to help train their artificial intelligences.

Earlier this year, for example, some iTunes users sued Apple for allegedly disclosing information about the music they purchased on iTunes.

Apple has also said that it will be adding the ability for users to opt out in a future software update - or perhaps, more appropriately, be asked whether they want to opt-in in the first place.

For future review, Apple said users will have the option to opt-out.

Bloomberg says users must tap "Settings" "Alexa Privacy" "Manage How Your Data Improves Alexa" before they see the following text: "With this setting on, your voice recordings may be used to develop new features and manually reviewed to help improve our services".

Apple's decision comes in the light of a report from in Guardian last week which said the company's contractors around the globe tasked with reviewing the recordings regularly heard confidential information and private conversations.

APPLE HAS SUSPENDED its Siri grading programme where contractors could eavesdrop on anonymised recordings made by iPhone owners.

"There have been countless instances of recordings featuring private discussions between doctors and patients, business deals, seemingly criminal dealings, sexual encounters and so on". The body also called on Apple and Amazon.com Inc.to "swiftly review" their own use of voice assistant recordings. The responses are analyzed in secure facilities by reviewers who are obliged to adhere to Apple's confidentiality requirements.

The grading scheme had been used to analyse the quality of Siri interactions. Otherwise, it's no better than Google and other companies.

The Hamburg data protection authority told Google of its intention to use Article 66 powers of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to begin an "urgency procedure" under Article 66 of GDPR last month.

As The Verge noted, Apple's new statement did not say whether it will stop storing Siri voice recordings on its servers.

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