In case you had any qualms about your privacy on the latest iPhone, the magazine Wired has raised the question. They published an article about it earlier this week because Apple’s privacy statement is not crystal clear.
Technically Apple keeps Siri user data for six months, associating that data with the user. After that time, the company will disassociate users from the data, meaning it will remove any identifiers for who input that particular query into Siri. But for the next 18 months, Apple said, it keeps the disassociated data for the sake of product testing and improvement purposes.
The Cupertino, Calif., tech company didn’t return calls seeking more information, particularly on whether Apple shares the data with anyone else.
Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller told Wired that “our customers’ privacy is very important to us.” Apple said that if a user turns off Siri, all the stored queries that are associated with that user over the last six months are deleted.
To turn off Siri, users can head to the settings app and tap “General” followed by “Siri.” There, users can switch the toggle to the right of “Siri” from “On” to “Off.”