Apple says Siri recording will be opt-in with iOS 13.2 beta release

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A couple of months ago a rather concerning discovery was made in which a programme designed to grade the efficiency of Apple’s digital assistant, Siri, was uncovered. The programme listened in on iPhone users without their knowledge, and once revealed to the public, Apple decided to suspend the programme.

Now TechCrunch is reporting that the Siri grading is back, but this time Apple will be asking users whether they wish to opt-in to the feature, with it set to roll out with the beta version of iOS 13.2.

Following the aforementioned discovery, it was revealed that Apple’s Siri listening programme was carried out by contractors who were not employed directly by the firm, which meant the extent of what was recorded and indeed kept remains unclear.

Naturally this earned the ire of customers, with the likes of Google, Amazon Facebook and Microsoft coming under fire of late for listening in, in one way or another, on its users.

With all of this done in the name of improving the functionality of digital assistants, it remains to be seen if Apple customers will choose to opt-in for the service when iOS 13.2 moves out of beta and rolls out to the wider iPhone community.

It’s also unclear what will happen to those devices which support Siri, but are not able to update to the latest version of iOS.

Apple has included the ability to delete recorded Siri data, which will erase the past 24 hours of data should there be something that you do not wish to have accessed by others.

It is worth mentioning too that these opt-in features are currently in beta, which means that it could be axed from the fully fledged version of iOS 13.2.

As such when an update to the latest iteration of the operating system is available, it is well worth reading the fine print, and terms and conditions that Apple has included.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Editor of Hypertext. Covers smartphones, IoT, 5G, cloud computing and a few things in between. Also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games when not taking the hatchet to stories.


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