Privacy: With iOS 13.2 Apple wants to listen to Siri again

Datenschutz: Mit iOS 13.2 will Apple bei Siri wieder mithören

Apple would like to listen again in the future. Only in August, Apple stopped the analysis of voice recordings of its voice assistance system Siri, which were previously analyzed by employees of subcontractors. In the future, the company would explicitly ask users for permission, it said.

Analysis of the audio recordings only via opt-in

Like the news portal TechCrunch Apple reports the analysis of audio recordings and user input with the upcoming iOS 13.2 as an opt-in again. Therefore, an explicit approval process is necessary to activate the function. The current beta for iOS 13.2 already includes this optional feature and displays a corresponding dialog during the installation process of the mobile operating system.

With the new implementation, the company from Cupertino would not only comply with the DSGVO, but would be the first provider to inquire about this consent separately and not – not very apparent to the user – in the terms of use. Also, Google is expected to take a similar step, and the company also stopped human evaluation of footage of its Google Assistant and initially wanted to suspend it for three months.

Apple wants to analyze recordings in the future only on their own

In the future, the audio recordings, if the customer authorizes them via opt-in, are to be performed exclusively by Apple employees and no longer by subcontractors. Apple also assures that recordings of unwanted or accidental Siri recordings should be deleted. The consent to the evaluation can also be revoked at any time by the user.

As of iOS 13.2, the company also has a corresponding policy under Settings> Privacy> Analysis deposited. The corresponding passage in iOS says:

Siri, Dictation, and natural language processing functionality in Apple products and services. Depending on the request, Apple employees may report Siri's response directly to Siri's response. Only Apple employees, subject to strict confidentiality obligations, are able to access audio interactions with Siri and Dictation.


The new feature is included as an opt-in in the beta versions of iOS 13.2, iPadOS 13.2, WatchOS 6.1, Apple tvOS 13.2 and MacOS 10.15.1 and should also be found in the upcoming final versions of the operating systems.

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