Anyone who is a tad bit educated in technology knows that just about every service we use stores our data. How long, is a question we don’t know. Wired was able to get Apple spokesperson Tracy Muller to bring some clarity to how long the company held data through Siri, saying Apple “may keep anonymized Siri data for up to two years.”
According to Muller, the data is immediately deleted if a user turns off the voice-assistant at anytime. Apple takes more security measures by not using your Apple ID or email address in its data storage, instead the company gives a randomly generated number that represents the user and becomes associated with the voice files. These voice files are then separated from voice clips after six months — to only sit in dormant for another 18 months. This time is used for any back-end improvements the company needs to look at.
It’s interesting the procedure Apple uses in storing folks data. People who are security conscious maybe a bit uneasy with the company holding any information for such a long time. Holding someones information for an extra 18 months could make people worrisome, as it could bring up concerns of advertisers eliciting them. However, this may not be Apple’s intention.
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