A few months ago, Apple had a serious problem with Siri. It was discovered that company employees were listening to recordings made by the assistant when it was invoked with the purpose of improving the system itself and avoiding false invocations. Obviously this caused a real scandal that made Apple cancel this recording program and start working on another system where they ask users for permission to collaborate in this improvement program and at the end it has arrived with iOS 13.2 beta 2.
Currently when we start an iPhone from scratch we are asked for various permissions such as for Apple to collect data from our iPhone and the use we give it as well as the bugs it presents in order to improve in future versions. We are also asked for permission so that developers can also collect information about our usage of their apps in order to release new updates or to accurately monitor how the user is using it. But from Siri and that it recorded us when we invoked it, no permission was asked, something that Cupertino’s company clearly failed to do.
Apple promised a new Siri enhancement program by requesting user consent beforehand and has finally arrived on iOS 13.2 in its second developer beta . As you can see in the image below, as soon as the iPhone is started, we are asked for permission to share audio recordings in order to help and improve “Siri and Dictation”.
In particular we read the following:
Help improve “Siri & Dictation” by allowing Apple to store and review the adults of your Siri & Dictation interactions on this iPhone and any connected Apple Watch or HomePod. You can change this later in each device’s settings. This data is not associated with your Apple ID and is stored for a limited period of time.
When you click on the “Share Audio Recordings” button, every time Siri is invoked, a recording will possibly be made and sent to Apple to find out if you have invoked it or not, since sometimes Siri is invoked without our knowledge. The controversy that arose made many people take their hands to their heads because Apple recorded failed invocations and caught people having sex for example, something that can seem very serious to us and even more so if permission is not asked for the user to know about these recordings.
We now have absolute power over this issue and we will be able to allow whether we want Apple to record us or not. If we decide to help the company and we don’t mind them recording a few seconds when invoking Siri we can activate it without any problem.
This news will come as we say with the launch of iOS 13.2 although if you have the beta installed you will have already been able to decide whether or not to participate in this program to help improve ‘Siri and Dictation’.
Leave us in the comment box what you think about this measure that Apple has adopted in iOS 13.2.