The Siri wizard could continue to listen to users and record and store conversations on Apple's servers without their permission. Apple said it was a specific program dedicated to improving its assistant.
In a long letter, Tim Cook apologizes and promises that it will not happen again. Apple is committed to comply with stricter rules.
It will no longer be a question of keeping audio recordings and other interactions with Siri. Users will be able to choose whether or not to register for a program to improve the voice assistant by sharing audio samples. It will then be possible to withdraw from the program at any time. In addition, according to this program, only Apple employees will be allowed to access the collected audio data.
Direct consequence or chance of timing: Apple has also organized the dismissal of several hundred people in Europe. Layoffs at subcontractors incriminated in the case of eavesdropping, but also within Apple itself. Only for the Irish site of the mark, it would be about 300 redundancies.