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 MOS6510 on Sat 20th Apr 2013 17:46 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: caring"
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If you care to give a few examples I may be able to agree.

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by StephenBeDoper on Sat 20th Apr 2013 18:19 in reply to "RE[3]: caring"
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If you care to give a few examples I may be able to agree.

Well, I was being glib (and how often do I get such a perfect opportunity to use my favourite Churchill quote?).

But off the top of my head, Apple does have a general history of starting from fairly hard-line "our way or the highway" positions, and then slowly opening up over time. E.g. the progression from the original "hermetically sealed" Macs to the very-easy-to-service PowerMacs of the mid-90s. Or the progression from the original iPhone's "pre-loaded and web-apps only" to allowing third-party development. Or relaxing some of the app store approval terms, particularly the ones related to cross-platform dev tools.

In this particular situation, not disclosing the retention policy for Siri data in Apple's privacy policies could arguably be a violation of privacy laws. At least in Canada, the privacy laws state that organizations who collect personally-identifiable information must provide a privacy policy that clearly spells out what information is collected, what the information will be used for, and how long it will be retained.

I say "arguably" because it's debatable whether or not the Siri data qualifies as personally-identifiable information.

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by MOS6510 on Sat 20th Apr 2013 18:59 in reply to "RE[4]: caring"
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Apple adjusts itself and its policies I guess like every other company.

Not being able to (easily) service a Mac was something Steve Jobs wanted. When the PowerMacs of the 90´s were made he wasn't around.

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.

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