Siri is the biggest known security vulnerability in an Apple phone, and it is ideal to just turn it off. As far as we are aware, this is the only way the device can just start recording you without having been hacked.
Though at this point, avoiding spying might be pointless, since the government is going to start forcing these companies to just record you outright. Because of the flu.
A former Apple contractor who helped blow the whistle on the company’s programme to listen to users’ Siri recordings has decided to go public, in protest at the lack of action taken as a result of the disclosures.
In a letter announcing his decision, sent to all European data protection regulators, Thomas le Bonniec said: “It is worrying that Apple (and undoubtedly not just Apple) keeps ignoring and violating fundamental rights and continues their massive collection of data.
“I am extremely concerned that big tech companies are basically wiretapping entire populations despite European citizens being told the EU has one of the strongest data protection laws in the world. Passing a law is not good enough: it needs to be enforced upon privacy offenders.”
Le Bonniec, 25, worked as a subcontractor for Apple in its Cork offices, transcribing user requests in English and French, until he quit in the summer of 2019 due to ethical concerns with the work. “They do operate on a moral and legal grey area,” he told the Guardian at the time, “and they have been doing this for years on a massive scale. They should be called out in every possible way.”
Following the revelations of Le Bonniec and his colleagues, Apple promised sweeping changes to its “grading” program, which involved thousands of contractors listening to recordings made, both accidentally and deliberately, using Siri. The company apologised, brought the work in-house, and promised that it would only grade recordings from users who had explicitly opted-in to the practice.
“We realise we have not been fully living up to our high ideals,” the company said in a statement in August. It eventually released a software update in late October that allowed users to opt-in or out of their voice recordings being used to “improve Siri dictation”, and to choose to delete the recordings that Apple had stored.
“I listened to hundreds of recordings every day, from various Apple devices (eg. iPhones, Apple Watches, or iPads). These recordings were often taken outside of any activation of Siri, eg in the context of an actual intention from the user to activate it for a request. These processings were made without users being aware of it, and were gathered into datasets to correct the transcription of the recording made by the device,” he said.
“The recordings were not limited to the users of Apple devices, but also involved relatives, children, friends, colleagues, and whoever could be recorded by the device. The system recorded everything: names, addresses, messages, searches, arguments, background noises, films, and conversations. I heard people talking about their cancer, referring to dead relatives, religion, sexuality, pornography, politics, school, relationships, or drugs with no intention to activate Siri whatsoever.”
It should be pointed out that Android devices also do this very same thing – and they more or less flaunt it, by serving their users targeted advertising based on their eavesdropping. Test this yourself, if you haven’t noticed. It’s fun.
They also log your movements.
What Google does not do – as far as I know – is hire hundreds or thousands of contractors to manually transcribe this “private” audio, so that they can go cry to the Guardian and get pieces like this written. Instead, Google trains their voice-to-text algorithms on publicly available audio, which is in endless supply.
There is no business reason to train them on “private” audio, it is the same and the algorithms learn either way. The only good reason for Apple to have done this would be to deliberately push the boundaries of surveillance normalization.
It is really amazing what they have done with that normalization. Orwell thought that it would take a revolutionary military dictatorship to put a government microphone in everyone’s home – it turns out you only needed slick advertising.
Yes, the government can access all of this data. If you think they can’t, then please explain to me exactly how that is supposed to work.
Do you think that they don’t want access to this data?
Or do you think that they want it, but they can’t get it? That is, do you think that this system, which regularly uses bribery, intimidation, hacking and infiltration to get information from nuclear rivals, cannot access American corporate servers whose owners have no incentive to prevent this access?
The key to this normalization of surveillance was to make it seem benign and inconsequential. As we move forward into this New World Order, we can expect to see more and more direct applications of this total surveillance system, which we paid good money to have installed on our homes and persons.
This is the absolute business sense of the goyim.