It’s been a bad summer for anyone concerned about their digital assistant eavesdropping on them.
Stories have come out in recent months about Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft using human beings to listen in on users’ voice commands. The companies explained that their efforts were aimed at training their artificial intelligence systems and improving the accuracy of voice recognition and other features.
On Wednesday, Apple issued an apology for allowing third-party contractors to listen in on Siri voice recordings and failing to live up to its “high ideals.” Beyond listening in, Apple simultaneously acknowledged it was also automatically retaining recordings of users’ interactions with Siri. It did not say how long the recordings are retained.