I think most people pretty much assume that every app they have installed on their smartphone is spying on them in some capacity, but every day it seems like the whole situation is getting worse as someone comes out with another revelation that just makes you question everything in your life.
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Today it’s the turn of an anonymous Apple worker who has decided to tell us that Siri is almost always listening to what we’re doing – including drug deals and having sex – and that Apple workers take great delight in listening in to your most intimate moments. Here’s what he/she told the Guardian:
The sound of a zip, Siri often hears as a trigger and it can be activated in other ways too, like if an Apple Watch is raised and hears speech.
here have been countless instances of recordings featuring private discussions between doctors and patients, business deals, seemingly criminal dealings, sexual encounters and so on.
These recordings are accompanied by user data showing location, contact details, and app data.
The regularity of accidental triggers on the watch is incredibly high.
The watch can record some snippets that will be 30 seconds – not that long but you can gather a good idea of what’s going on.
You can definitely hear a doctor and patient, talking about the medical history of the patient. Or you’d hear someone, maybe with car engine background noise – you can’t say definitely, but it’s a drug deal … you can definitely hear it happening. And you’d hear, like, people engaging in sexual acts that are accidentally recorded on the pod or the watch.
There’s not much vetting of who works there, and the amount of data that we’re free to look through seems quite broad. It wouldn’t be difficult to identify the person that you’re listening to, especially with accidental triggers – addresses, names and so on.
Apple is subcontracting out, there’s a high turnover. It’s not like people are being encouraged to have consideration for people’s privacy, or even consider it. If there were someone with nefarious intentions, it wouldn’t be hard to identify [people on the recordings].
Accidental – sure. Question here really has to be why Apple is keeping all these recordings in some central database just waiting for your worst enemy to break in there and expose you for the lying, cheating scumbag you are, but I suppose we agree to stop questioning that when we sign up to use all their wonderful services. Always read the small print brother.
Having said that, I’m kinda over the fact that privacy isn’t really a thing any more. To be honest I’m not really sure why anyone would even want to read my private emails or hear my private conversations anyway because they’re pretty boring, so if you wanna do that then feel free. Doubt you’ll get much out of it.
For more privacy, check out this story about a woman who hacked 100 million Capital Bank customers’ data. That kinda stuff is probably important actually.