Does Apple Record Siri/Dictation Requests

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by DNAppleGold, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2009
    Our IT department told "that all your dictation and instructions to Siri are recorded and stored by Apple." Can this possible be true? I suppose they are recorded for a moment for processing, but is there really a record?
  2. macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    I am coping this response (this is not my own)

    Siri makes use of NLP(Natural Language Processing) - NLP computing takes significant resources and while the iPhone may be powerful enough to process them, it's likely to drain the battery.

    For this reason, Siri application records your commands on your phone & sends it off the servers for processing. The results are returned back to the phone & does the commands.

    So to answer, yes, it's part-phone, part-Internet service & it does send data to Apple's servers.
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2009
    Thanks for the tip. I'd be interested if the requests/dictation are recorded by apple and retained in any meaningful way. (e.g., could Apple look at the history of your queries or dictation). If so, there maybe some privacy issues at play.
  4. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    It's been repeatedly said that Apple will continue to improv Siri's performance as more people use it.

    If that's true I don't see how they could accomplish that WITHOUT saving some percentage of recordings in order to learn where Siri is doing poorly and where it needs improvement.
  5. macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    Storing what we say is something that Siri and Apple would not ever admit to doing. Could it be done, with out a doubt. I would not say anything that would incriminate yourself.
  6. macrumors demi-god


    Apr 20, 2009
    Apple is recording everything. If you are harassing Siri in any way Apple has the evidence and it could be used against you! They could easily play back all of your private conversations with your new friend. Be very careful of what you tell Siri......

    Let's hope not. ;)
  7. macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2011
    I wouldn't be surprised if APPLE is storing your voice commands for some period of time if not indefinitely.

    Unless they officially state their policy I will assume they do keep it and maybe even tie it to your UUID that can identify who you are.
  8. macrumors 68020


    Mar 23, 2010
    don't know, don't care.
  9. macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    They wouldn't admit to it? I thought it was clearly stated in the privacy terms you have to agree to before enabling Siri.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2011
    Exactly. It is.
  11. macrumors 6502

    M Quick

    Nov 9, 2011
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Try turning siri off and you'll see exactly what you're iPhone tells you what will happen, read the text that shows up and you'll understand that it records everything on their server just to make it more customized for your private use. If they use it for something else, i wouldn't know, but i don't think so, judging by what the text tells you, it seems simple enough to erase the siri history simply by turning it off and then back on again.

    For those who are lazy and don't wanna see the message themselves, here is what it will tell you when you try turning the siri feature off:

    "The information Siri uses to respond to your requests will be removed from Apple servers. If you want to use Siri later, it will take time to resend this information."

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