Web privacy advocates have been bristling all week around Apple's admission of enabling its voice-activated, “intelligent personal assistant” to collect and transmit users' voice data to third party companies. Apple devices such as iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch all come with the intelligent personal assistant, known as Siri, activated and programed to recognise and listen to the user's voice and collect data based on oral transmission.
Though this voice data collecting has been widely known for years, a recent statement issued online by a new Apple employee detailed the depth to which the data is analysed. “Guys, I'm telling you, if you've said it to your phone, it's been recorded… and there's a damn good chance a third-party is going to hear it,” the employee wrote.
Though this revelation has sent ripples across the security community, it is hardly shocking considering Apple's iOS software license agreement requires users to grant permission to Apple and its subsidiaries and agents to transmit, collect, maintain, process and use their information—including voice input. A reminder, perhaps, to completely read such agreements, rather than glossing over the fine print and hastily clicking “accept.”