iOS 13.2 adds controls for the unpopular Apple Siri data collection program. Now, users can opt for "Siri and Dictation Analytics," which translates into allowing their iPhone or iPad to load all their Siri interactions so that Cupertino can improve the accuracy of the virtual assistant.
Previously, Apple deactivated this program due to its unpopularity. Now he is back, but under his control.
Siri analysis: choose if you wish
Apple is not playing here. When you first set up a new iPhone or iPad with iOS 13.2, you will see the screen at the top of this post.
That's right. The new configuration is important enough for Apple to give them its own screen during the configuration process. You can choose not to receive Siri analysis right there. But what happens if your machine is already running and you want to prevent your iPhone or iPad from sending your Siri interactions to Apple?
How to disable Siri Analytics
Open the Settings and go to Privacy> Analysis and improvements . If you thought this configuration would be easy to find, maybe in Siri, you thought badly. Apple saved them in the privacy settings, which makes sense, if you think about it.
In this panel, you will see the following options:
The switch you wish to deactivate is tagging Improve Siri and dictation . This "will help improve Siri and Dictation by allowing Apple to store and review the audio of its Siri and Dictation interactions."
If you choose, audio recordings of your interactions with Siri can go to Apple for human review. These humans are now Apple employees, not contractors, although they could, in theory, be the same people. Maybe Apple just put those contractors in the books?
Along with these recordings, you can also send the names of your contacts, as well as their location and applications on your devices. This information is stored for six months and is associated with a random identifier. After that, your data is dissociated from the identifier, but is retained for up to two years.
I wonder why the hell someone would allow this.
How to delete Siri analytical data that Apple has already collected
What about the data that Apple already took? The good news is that you can remove it, directly from the Settings application. This time you will find it in the Siri and Search settings. Go to Settings> Siri and search> Siri History and touch Delete Siri and Dictation History .
You are done.
If you opt for Siri data collection
Probably not. This is clearly important for Apple. Siri consultations in real life are essential to improve accuracy, but that is not your problem. It is better to be safe and simply turn off these things. Your data will still be sent to Apple, only with Siri means that each request is uploaded to Apple servers for processing, but at least it will not stay.
If you want to make sure there is never Siri audio going to Apple, you should turn off Siri completely. And that is not as easy as it seems. For example, many shortcuts depend on Siri, although all they are doing is searching for data. Actually, they don't use the voice assistant Siri. But if you disable Siri, those shortcuts stop working.
On the other hand, Apple already has almost all of its digital data. So, maybe, in the big picture, it really doesn't make much difference.