Apple stores voice recordings in its Siri platform for up to two years.
Apple said voice recordings are safe, as they only see use by Siri’s data center, anonymously and in the safest possible manner, said spokeswoman Tracy Muller.
Citing the Apple spokeswoman, the company said it makes sure the data remains anonymous. Apple “only collects the Siri voice clips in order to improve Siri itself.”
“Our customers’ privacy is very important to us,” Muller said.
Each person ends up with an assigned random number which Siri can correlate to that person each time he/she asks for something.
Apple “disassociates” the number from the clip once the recording is six months old, but it can continue to keep these files on its servers for testing purposes.
“Apple may keep anonymized Siri data for up to two years,” Muller said. “If a user turns Siri off, both identifiers are deleted immediately along with any associated data.”
However, an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawyer who had previously raised privacy questions about Siri said Apple should take additional steps to protect its users’ privacy.
“There is no good reason for Apple to not include information about privacy practices on their Siri FAQ page,” said ACLU attorney, Nicole Ozer.
She cautions even if Siri doesn’t directly link the recordings to its users, “[Transcripts] of what you say to Siri could reveal sensitive things about you, your family, or business,” she said.