Apple will ask as the first provider of language assistants the user from the autumn of explicit permission for subsequent Listening to recordings made by employees.

in The iPhone group had made this step already in the beginning of the month, after the caused known the practice to be massive criticism. In addition, Apple will save the conversation of the user with the voice assistant Siri has no records more in the long term.

In the case of assistant software such as Amazon’s Alexa, the Google Assistant and Siri fragments of recordings were listened to for years, even from some people and typed, in order to improve the quality of speech recognition. It is, for example, cases in which the language assistant did not understand the command, the incorrect detection of the activation of words as well as dealing with new languages and dialects.

The provider emphasize that the recordings were anonymized prior to that. The users of the practice, however, was largely not aware of this until a few months ago, the first media appeared reports. Google and Apple exposed the analysis by means of people a few weeks ago, Amazon gave users the ability to use recordings to improve the service to reject.

The focus on Siri was drawn by a report in the newspaper “the Guardian” at the end of July. The staff of the Apple service provider told us, on the recordings of the very private Details to be heard. So Siri to catch fragments of conversations with medical or business-related content, possible criminal activities, or users of the Sex, he said. Belongs to the now announced Changes to the selected recordings will only be listened to even by Apple employees and external service providers.

The erroneous activations, in which the Software believes to have the Weckworte “Hey, Siri” is one, are a particular Problem. Because the sentences and conversations can be recorded, which were not addressed to the voice assistant. During the subsequent Listening to the employees to find out what words or sounds caused by the accidental activation of the Software accordingly.

According to previous statements by Apple, less than one percent of the recordings has been evaluated in only a few seconds long fragments of people. According to the information in the security paper, for developer recordings could be used for up to two years for the improvement of the service, it was saved after six months, a copy of any personal information.

The announcement by Apple is broadly in line with the requirements of German data protection agencies, which require, among other things, that the user would have to explicitly be a licence for the evaluation of recordings by people asked.

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