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With personal privacy being a major public topic, Apple decided to give users more control over their data.
Back in July, Apple had admitted that it was holding and listening to recordings of iOS users who use Siri. This wasn’t much of a surprise, since we know that Amazon and Google do the same with their digital assistants. Apple now lets you delete the conversations you’ve had with Siri.
First, you need to update your iPhone to iOS 13.2, which is Apple’s latest release as of the writing of this article. After updating, you’ll be asked if you want to share your recordings with Apple.
This doesn’t change how Siri works - you can still use the digital assistant the same way you always have.
No worries, you can opt out at any time, provided that you are running iOS 13.2 or later.
Go to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
Tap Privacy > Analytics and Improvements.
From there, you can turn off Improve Siri & Dictation.
The above steps just keep Apple from getting new recordings from you. To remove any that Apple already has, you can do so by going back into the Settings app and following these steps:
Go to Siri & Search > Siri & Dictation History.
Tap the big button with red text that says Delete Siri & Dictation History.
Once done, you can be fairly confident that all of the strange questions you’ve asked Siri are no longer being reviewed by an Apple employee.
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Rodd Ahrenstorff is the Director of Business Operations for KT Connections, as well as a member of the company’s ownership team starting in 2014. Rodd has been working in the computer and telecommunication fields for over twenty years—a term during which he has held a number of leadership positions. In the past, he has served as a broadcast television engineer, an systems architect, and most recently Director of Information Technology, including a role as a HIPAA Security Officer for behavioral health and multi-specialty medical providers.