You’ve probably heard about Siri from Apple, the virtual assistant app that lets you speak your questions. What you may not know is that Siri stores the questions you ask in a database. Siri also collects other information, such as the contacts on your phone, in order to be more efficient. This information is also sent to Apple.
In Apple’s iPhone Software License Agreement, it says: “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.”
Apple does not specify where the data is stored, how long the data is stored for, or what “subsidiaries” and “agents” have access to the information.
Because of this, IBM banned its employees from using the software at work.