Following a sensational report from The Guardian back in July claiming that Apple contractors used to listen to Siri recordings, the tech giant immediately stopped retaining voice recordings by default – stating it will access audio recordings from only the users who opt in to provide their data. As promised earlier, the Cupertino-based company has now offered an option to delete Siri and Dictation history in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13.
Given how much effort Apple is putting to enhance security and privacy in the latest iteration of iOS, we were expecting the tech giant to come up with a more transparent way of dealing with Siri data sooner than later. And from what it looks like, it seems to be a well-timed move.
Speaking of this privacy feature, it lets you clean up Siri interactions associated with the specific iPhone or iPad from Apple servers. Keep in mind, the compiled data that is not associated with the device won’t be eliminated. With that said, let’s find out how to wipe out Siri recordings!
How to Delete Siri History in iOS 13.2 or iPadOS 13
Side note: Make sure your device is running iOS 13.2 or later (currently in beta).
Step #1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
Step #2. Now, scroll down and tap on Siri & Search.
Step #3. Next, tap on Siri & Dictation History.
Step #4. Up Next, tap on Delete Siri & Dictation History to eliminate the stored Siri recordings from your iPhone.
That’s pretty much it!
An Essential Security and Privacy Feature?
In the backdrop of the Siri data sampling report, Apple had revealed that “less than 1% of daily Siri activations” are stored for grading. The company also defended that the data is analyzed as part of its effort to improve the performance of the virtual assistant. But considering the huge privacy concern, it’s much better to be crystal clear rather than keep users in the dark.
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