iPhone Is Siri listening to my conversations now?

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by StealthscrapE, Sep 30, 2017.

  1. StealthscrapE macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2010
    I was out this morning having coffee with my wife and kids when somebody with a beautiful blue nose pit bull walked by. I asked my wife if she knew if they shed much. My phone was sitting on the table as we continued our conversation and about 5-10 minutes later I opened Safari to search for information about pit bulls shedding.

    I have never searched anything related to pit bulls nor have I recently been researching anything dog related.

    After typing “do p”, there was a “Siri Suggested” result answering my exact question. “Do p” is nowhere near enough context for my phone to determine what I may be looking for.

    So this leads me to wonder and ask, is Siri always listening to my conversations now and saving/storing that information for later use? I read through the Siri Terms and conditions and there is no mention of this.

    Anyone else have a similar experience? Any suggestions on how to test this?

    Screenshot for reference

  2. Akshayf macrumors member


    Jun 20, 2016
    That is so creepy. With all their privacy be damned attitude... Even Google is not supposed to do that yet (at least publicly).
    Should be easy enough to test this though...have some conversation in proximity to the phone again and check ..
    This definitely can't be a coincidence.
    Quick question- are you signed into the same Apple id on any other device? Your wife's phone? Where she could've performed the search already?
  3. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    Siri has to listen to everything, thats the only way it will be listening when you say “hey siri”...and I think there is a reason its now called Siri suggestions everywhere...
  4. StealthscrapE thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2010
    Not signed in on any devices that were in the vicinity. We do have family sharing activated, but we were next to each other the entire time and she didn't perform any searches during that time.
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    I understand that it is listening for the "trigger" or keywords "Hey Siri", but the understood idea is that until it is activated, it is not utilizing information from your normal conversations.
  5. frostyisgod macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2013
    Skynet is listening get rid of all phones!

    Kidding but I dunno they might be? It could also maybe be a coincidence ?
  6. Paddle1 macrumors 68040

    May 1, 2013
    Is it possible "Hey Siri" activated at some point?
  7. StealthscrapE thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2010
    No. Phone was visible and I notice when it is activated accidentally because I stop talking and close it (usually only happens when my wife is using the feature for her phone).
  8. Howl's Castle macrumors regular

    Howl's Castle

    Sep 13, 2016
    Pure coincidence. I get the same thing when typing "Do P".
  9. Simacca macrumors 65816


    Jul 31, 2008
    UK, South East.

    I had to type ‘do pit’ before the Siri suggestion came up.
  10. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    Oh my goodness! That means its looking at our browser histories AS WELL! ;-)
  11. fiveainone macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2011
    Siri is always listening for "Hey Siri" when plugged in, even not in Siri mode..
  12. Volusia macrumors 6502


    Jun 8, 2016
    Central Florida
    Some body on another thread mentioned that phone booths are almost totally nonexistent now. That was the method of escaping the Matrix...... coincidence.... you decide...
  13. Rhonindk macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2014
    sitting on a beach watching a DC simulation ...
    The short answer is ... yes.

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