Thursday, May 21, 2020

“Lack of Action” on Siri Recordings

Alex Hern (via Julian Mair):

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 don’t understand what more he wants Apple to do.

Juli Clover:

Apple resumed Siri quality control practices in the fall with the release of the opt-out option. Siri quality control is no longer handled by third-party contractors and is done in-house, and Apple has made changes to minimize the amount of data that reviewers have access to.


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Apple broke the law. At the very least they need to be investigated and fined. Furthermore, opt-out is not legal in the EU, they need to have clear, explicit, informed and unforced consent. Thus even their alleged remedy is still illegal under GDPR.

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