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.
Thread beginning with comment 559305
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[2]: Hard to know the truth
by Alfman on Fri 19th Apr 2013 20:50 UTC in reply to "RE: Hard to know the truth"
Member since:


"It´s too much effort while the 'rewards' are very little. If you´re going to hack Apple why not go for the credit card info from the iTunes store? Or iCloud´s email or iWork files?"

I was only talking potential feasibility, irrespective of why. If you need a motive, use your imagination; credit card transactions from a legal store are probably much less incriminating than voice data.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[3]: Hard to know the truth
by MOS6510 on Sat 20th Apr 2013 06:02 in reply to "RE[2]: Hard to know the truth"
MOS6510 Member since:

But what are the chances your target has an iPhone 4S/5, uses Siri, spoke incriminating words via it and you knowing this?

Then you'd have to hack in to Apple and find that piece of voice data amongst billions of snippets.

I don't say it's impossible, but it's very unlikey and it doesn't make much sense when looking at effort vs reward.

Emails, surf stats, files, computer contents, dial lists, etc... are much more likely to contain incriminating information and are much easier to obtain. People who worry about Siri privacy should be worrying about those things a lot more.

Reply Parent Score: 3

RE[4]: Hard to know the truth
by Alfman on Sat 20th Apr 2013 07:37 in reply to "RE[3]: Hard to know the truth"
Alfman Member since:


Your really missing my point, which was just because a corporation says something is annonymized doesn't necessarily mean it is. That's all there was to it.

Edit: Your post gives me the impression that you are only considering privacy from hackers. But one's privacy can also be breached by insiders and court orders. If you've got a tin foil hat on: conceivably some countries would love to conduct blanket searches if they could get their hands on the data (illicitly or otherwise) to conduct witch-hunts. I am not familiar with Siri's T&Cs, but it certainly would not have been obvious to me that the service was archiving user voice records on apple's servers. It's not really any worse than other kinds of records like you said, but we should recognize that there is a risk that's greater than zero.

Edited 2013-04-20 07:48 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 6