Wiping Away Your Siri "Fingerprint"
- Thursday, June 28, 2012
- By David Talbot
Your voice can be a biometric identifier, like your fingerprint. Does Apple really have to store it on its own servers?
Even in an age of vanishing privacy, people using Apple's digital assistant Siri share a distinct concern. Recordings of their actual voices, asking questions that might be personal, travel over the Internet to a remote Apple server for processing. Then they remain stored there; Apple won't say for how long.
That voice recording, unlike most of the data produced by smart phones and other computers, is an actual biometric identifier. A voiceprint—if disclosed by accident, hack, or subpoena—can be linked to a specific person. And with the current boom in speech recognition apps, Apple isn't the only one amassing such data.
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