Apple Says Only In-House Employees Will Listen to Siri Recordings as 300 Contractors Are Reportedly Laid Off

Photo: GettyFollowing public outcry over workers listening to audio captured by voice assistants, Apple announced on Wednesday that it would no longer relegate the task of listening to Siri recordings to contractors, and instead, only Apple employees would review these audio clips. As a result, hundreds of contractors have reportedly lost their jobs.In its announcement,…

Apple Says Only In-House Employees Will Listen to Siri Recordings as 300 Contractors Are Reportedly Laid Off

Photo: GettyFollowing public outcry over workers listening to audio captured by voice assistants, Apple announced on Wednesday that it would no longer relegate the task of listening to Siri recordings to contractors, and instead, only Apple employees would review these audio clips. As a result, hundreds of contractors have reportedly lost their jobs.In its announcement, Apple apologized for not “fully living up to our high ideals” and said it would continue to pause its practice of having workers listen to Siri recordings until “later this fall,” after it rolls out a number of changes.These changes include an upcoming software update that Apple says will ensure that only those who opt into this reviewal process would have their Siri interactions listened to. The company also said, “only Apple employees will be allowed to listen to audio samples of the Siri interactions” once it resumes the practice. Finally, Apple’s in-house team will delete clips that appear to have been collected when Siri was triggered accidentally.Apple’s initial suspension of the Siri “grading” effort followed a July 26 report from the Guardian, which revealed that Apple contractors listen in on conf
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