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Apple warns users that iPhone has recorded Siri conversations – even if you say no

APPLE has admitted that it took Siri voice recordings from some users without their permission.

The accident apparently happened with a “small portion” of devices that specifically told the tech giant that they didn’t want to share voice interactions.

Audio recordings from Siri were taken from the user even though they opted out

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Audio recordings from Siri were taken from the user even though they opted outCredit: Alamy

Apple uses Siri data to improve its digital assistant, but people can choose not to use it at any time.

But an error means that some recordings have been collected, ZDNet report.

Apple, which prides itself on protecting people’s privacy, says it has since deleted all data.

Gaffe appeared in iOS 15, which was released last September.

Another update, iOS 15.2, disabled the setting for “many” Siri users.

This bug seems to have been completely fixed in the second beta of iOS 15.4.

As a result, early testers may receive a prompt asking if they want to enable the Improve Siri & Dictation feature.

“With iOS 15.2, we turned off the Improve Siri & Spelling setting for many Siri users while we fixed a bug introduced with iOS 15,” Apple told ZDNet.

“This bug inadvertently enabled settings for a small portion of devices.

“Since identifying the bug, we’ve stopped reviewing and removing audio received from all affected devices.”

So iPhone users might want to make sure they’re at least running iOS 15.2 just to be safe.

It’s unclear when Apple became aware of the issue, but many will wonder why it’s kept quiet on the matter until now.

Everyone must opt-in to allow Siri recordings to be sent to Apple

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Everyone must opt-in to allow Siri recordings to be sent to AppleCredit: Getty

In other news, Apple has revealed a bunch of New emojis for iPhoneincludes a pregnant man and two saucy icons.

Experts have warned that the future Space launches can be dangerous if “stupid” regimes like Russia don’t stop blowing up the sky creating debris.

And most popular phone since a millennium has been announced, with many people shocked to learn it’s not an iPhone.


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