It is believed that the spoken queries on Siri are stored somewhere, according to IBM CIO Jeanette Horan so workers at IBM are allowed to use their own smartphones inside and outside the company only if they don’t use their voice-activated virtual assistant Siri and also iCloud.
An impressive number of large companies, including IBM embraced the strategy “bring your own device”, meaning that employees don’t necessarily have to use the phone gadget provided by the company if they were to work outside. Statistics highlight the fact that over 80,000 from 400,000 workers use other devices than the BlackBerries given by the company.
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In order for Siri to operate, Apple captures voice input, sends that data to its servers (which are located in its datacentre in North Carolina), where it is processed by the company and its partners in order to send valid results back to the user.
Siri, can provide local business listings, complex calculations via Wolfram Alpha, stock information and much more data, some of which can be stored by the companies that process that data.
Because the data is sent to Apple’s servers for processing, the company is required to state in its License Agreement that the “things you say will be recorded and sent to Apple in order to convert what you say into text”
Horan tries to make everyone aware of the issues that may appear. At the company, before any smartphone can have access to IBM networks, it is configured by the IT department so that data can be erased remotely if the phone were to be stolen. Apple’s iCloud is also disabled by the iT department, having instead an IBM hosted version called MyMobileHub.