[telecom] IBM Outlaws Siri, Worried She Has Loose Lips
- From: Monty Solomon <monty@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 22 May 2012 21:18:40 -0400
IBM Outlaws Siri, Worried She Has Loose Lips
By Robert McMillan
May 22, 2012
If you work for IBM, you can bring your iPhone to work, but forget
about using the phone's voice-activated digital assistant. Siri isn't
welcome on Big Blue's networks.
The reason? Siri ships everything you say to her to a big data center
in Maiden, North Carolina. And the story of what really happens to
all of your Siri-launched searches, e-mail messages and inappropriate
jokes is a bit of a black box.
IBM CIO Jeanette Horan told MIT's Technology Review this week that
her company has banned Siri outright because, according to the
magazine, "The company worries that the spoken queries might be
It turns out that Horan is right to worry. In fact, Apple's iPhone
Software License Agreement spells this out: "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," Apple says. Siri collects a
bunch of other information - names of people from your address book
and other unspecified user data, all to help Siri do a better job.
How long does Apple store all of this stuff, and who gets a look at
it? Well, the company doesn't actually say. Again, from the user
agreement: "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 other Apple products and services."
Because some of the data that Siri collects can be very personal, the
American Civil Liberties Union put out a warning about Siri just a
couple of months ago.
(And, in a related story ... [mod])
Note to Self: Siri Not Just Working for Me, Working Full-Time for Apple, Too
By Nicole Ozer, ACLU of Northern California (Mar 12, 2012 at 10:00 am)
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