What you say is being used to determine the accuracy of Artificial Intelligence, or at least if we know about it, right? According to the new Netflix film The Great Hack, personal data has surpassed oil as the world’s most valuable asset. Companies continually try to study more about you or use you to train their technology, without you even knowing. Assistants from Google and Amazon have recently come under fire for recording your private data, and according to a new report from The Guardian, even Apple, a company who puts privacy at the forefront of everything it does, is listening in on your conversations. Here’s everything you need to know.
According to The Guardian, “Apple contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality control for the Siri voice assistant.”
Shortly after the article was published, Apple shared a statement:
“A small portion of Siri requests are analyzed to improve Siri and dictation. User requests are not associated with the user’s Apple ID. Siri responses are analyzed in secure facilities and all reviewers are under the obligation to adhere to Apple’s strict confidentiality requirements.”
9to5Mac notes that Apple says only 1% of daily activations are vetted through their system.
According to the source, a former contractor, “There have been countless instances of recordings featuring private discussions between doctors and patients, business deals, seemingly criminal dealings, sexual encounters and so on. These recordings are accompanied by user data showing location, contact details, and app data.”
The contractor did mention that they’re only supposed to report technical issues, but also notes that, due to high turnover rates for the contracted workers, data may be abused.
Like many, there’s information that I don’t mind being public, but there’s a lot more information that I want to keep private. AI like Alexa, Google, and Siri puts our privacy at risk every day, especially since they control most of our lives.
Personally, I trust Apple more than I do Amazon, Google, or Facebook, but I also have my concerns with the report. Hopefully, Apple takes action and focuses more on its “Privacy is a fundamental right” belief.
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