Following controversy last month about Samsung transmitting spoken words to a third party, Apple’s terms of service clearly state that the company is following a similar process by recording and transmitting the voice data of Siri users.
The controversy only blew up three months later when Samsung was forced to admit that voice data was being “sent to a server” operated by a third party during the process.
However, Apple’s iOS Software License Agreement also advises users of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that, “When you use Siri or
Dictation, the things you say will be recorded and sent to Apple in order to convert what you say into text and to process your requests.”
“By using Siri or Dictation, you agree and consent to Apple’s and its subsidiaries’ and agents’ transmission, collection, maintenance, processing, and use of this information, including your voice input and User Data, to provide and improve Siri, Dictation, and dictation functionality in other Apple products and services,” states the document.
The terms make it clear that Apple is carrying out the very same process that got Samsung into hot water just weeks ago.
“The iOS terms clearly state that Apple will record what you say and may send it to subsidiaries and their agents. It goes on to add that they will record the names of your contacts, your relationships with them, in-home devices, and sometimes your location,” writes Tim Pool.
Where is the data collected by Siri being sent to? Last month, a Reddit user called called FallenMyst claimed that he had started work for a company called Walk N’ Talk Technologies and that his job was to check for incorrect translations made by Siri.
Audio heard by the individual included “sexting via voice and people giving the usual banal and weird commands to their phones,” reported Forbes.
As Pool points out, the vast majority of people don’t read terms of service agreements and so are completely clueless to the fact that Apple is recording their voice data and sending it to third parties, as well as keeping detailed records of their every location.