Apple is rolling out a new opt-in notice for Siri audio sample review with the beta of iOS 13.2. This new opt-in feature was promised back in August after reports that audio from Siri requests were being reviewed by contractors and that the audio could contain sensitive or personal information.
Apple had previously halted the grading process entirely while it updated the process by which it used the audio clips to “improve Siri.”
The new process will include an explicit opt-in for those users who want to have clips of commands transmitted to Apple to help improve how well Siri understands commands.
The update is out in beta for iPadOS 13.2, iOS 13.2, Apple tvOS 13.2, WatchOS 6.1 and MacOS 10.15.1.
Some particulars of the new policy include:
An explicit opt-in.
Only Apple employees will be reviewing audio clips, not contractors.
Computer generated transcripts are continuing to be used. These are in text form with no audio. They have been disassociated from identifying information by use of a random identifier.
These text transcripts, which Apple says include a small subset of requests may be reviewed by employees or contractors.
Any user can opt-out at any time.
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