Apple finally cut short Siri’s run on grading by independent contractors for quality purposes exposing their privacy in the process, says TechCrunch on receiving official confirmation from Apple on the issue.
Earlier, we had carried the news exposed by The Guardian, regarding Siri – Apple users Assistant like Google Assistant (for Google) and Alexa (‘Amazon’s Assistant) that would record sound and voice of the user, inadvertently.
Siri Would Activate Recording on Slightest of Sound
Siri would ‘flip on’ the recording mode even at the slightest ruffle to record any subsequent audio or sound. Apple shared these recording among its Contractors under the pretext of seeking performance improvement of Siri. But in the entire exercise, besides revealing the unthinkable, the individual user’s privacy and data got exposed.
Apple responded to Techcrunch as follows:
“We are committed to delivering a great Siri experience while protecting user privacy,” Apple said in a statement to TechCrunch.” “While we conduct a thorough review, we are suspending Siri grading globally. Additionally, as part of a future software update, users will have the ability to choose to participate in grading.”
Intentions apart, the Siri Assistant runs on voice-activated technology and in its initial phase need to respond appropriately to its user and get attuned. This process can only be possibly done through quality and grading by humans as being done so far by Apple sending the sound clips to contractors. Sadly, it exposed the user ‘actor’ involved revealing personal details.
Grading Activity Done Globally But At What Cost?
Under the pretext or subterfuge of grading for quality and product improvements, users cannot be taken for a ride exposing their details. User preferences, habits, and buying traits are most sought after additional information like personal data which merely offer name and other vitals.
Rest as we said, is merely meant to suck big bucks out of the gullible users who fall for lucrative spam schemes or other undeserving awards. This usually leads to giving out his or her personals details and privacy, causing all sorts of harm, including a financial loss in most of the cases.
Good that Apple stepped in to suspend Siri’s grading and stop sharing track recordings with Contractors that will edify its ethics and data privacy policies. We know very well that Apple fastidiously holds it all in high esteem, and others do-follow and imbibe as a role model.
Now that Siri is ‘out of bounds’ for grading, can you share a bit on its performance that can prove this Assistant’s worth?