IBM has banned staff from using the iPhone 4’s Siri voice commands app on its premises, citing concerns that it could be leaking sensitive corporate information to Apple.
Siri, which has featured prominently in a series of typically touchy-feely iPhone 4S ads, allows users to conduct web searches, schedule meetings and more besides simply by using their voice.
But there is a caveat. And that’s that Siri envoys the data from searches back to Apple, presumably in the name of collating information to improve the software.
That’s not how IBM sees it, though. Concerned that Apple could be harvesting the data from search queries in the name of industrial espionage, it has disabled Siri on company iPhones.
For its part, Apple has never attempted to hide the fact that Siri search information is sent back to Cupertino and stored. A clause in the user agreement makes that very plain indeed.
The agreement states: "When you use Siri or Dictation, the things you say will be recorded and sent to Apple in order to convert what you say into text.
"By using Siri or Dictation, you agree and consent to Apple's and its subsidiaries' and agents' transmission, collection, maintenance, processing, and use of this information, including your voice input and User Data, to provide and improve Siri, Dictation, and other Apple products and services."
IBM has also placed an embargo on use of cloud storage on Dropbox. This is also down to worries over security.
MIT Technology Review