Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Apr 2013 14:09 UTC
Apple "All of those questions, messages, and stern commands that people have been whispering to Siri are stored on Apple servers for up to two years, Wired can now report. Yesterday, we raised concerns about some fuzzy disclosures in Siri's privacy policy. After our story ran, Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller called to explain Apple's policy, something privacy advocates have asking for." Apple cares about your privacy.
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by flypig on Sun 21st Apr 2013 02:22 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: caring"
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One thing I do find strange is that Siri data is anonymized, i.e. not tied to a person, but if that person turns Siri off the data is deleted. So person and data were still linked.


I think you're right. From the text of the article it doesn't make sense to assume the data is anonymised within the first six months (and Apple isn't claiming this either). Here's the statement:

"Apple generates a random numbers to represent the user and it associates the voice files with that number."

This makes no claim to anonymity. My reading of this would be that all of the voice files from your phone get associated with the same number. It may be that Siri doesn't care who the user is, but it follows straightforwardly that the phone and the data files are linkable if Apple cared to do so.

The use of a "random number" in this context is just a diversion. The number is still tied to your phone; it just doesn't happen to be your Apple ID.

If you turn Siri off, only the data that hasn't been anonymised is deleted. At least, this would be my reading of this:

"If a user turns Siri off, both identifiers are deleted immediately along with any associated data" (my emphasis). In other words, data that's no longer associated with the random number is retained (for up to two years).

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