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Apple Holds Siri Data for Two Years

Posted on 21. Apr, 2013 by in Technology, Technology Featured

Apple Holds Siri data for two years

April 21, 2013- New services that have been created by Google, Apple and other tech companies offer convenient tools on mobile devices that help organize daily routines both for personal and business related activities.

However, those same excellent services often make it necessary that one’s person data is collected then analyzed and stored. Because of this, some groups are raising questions over how long the companies are keeping the private data. One of those services that is receiving much attention is Siri from Apple.

A spokesperson from Apple, amid inquiries from the ACLU said that Apple maintains anonymized data in Siri for as long as two years and if Siri is turned off by a user, both the identifiers are immediately deleted as well as any associated information.

The ACLU has taken on this issue prior, but the issue has re-emerged recently. According to the privacy policy for Siri, if you turn the service off, Apple will delete User Data and your recent data for voice input. Voice input data that is older that is disassociated with the user might be retained for to help improve Siri and other products from Apple.

However, that privacy policy document is not posted on Apple’s site so this is the first time that Apple has revealed the length of time it maintains data from Siri.

Retention of data has been in the headlines for the last few years from companies on the Internet like Microsoft, Google and Yahoo to providers of wireless services like Verizon and AT&T.

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