Siri, one of the latest popular features on Apple’s iPhone, seems like a real state-of-the-art way to use a smart phone. You give an iPhone voice commands to carry out various functions. IBM, a company known to embrace technological advances, is not too keen on the function. As a matter of fact, IBM has prohibited its employees from using Siri at all during work hours. They go so far as to turn off each employee’s Siri feature when they report to work and block Siri use from their networks.
Apple is one of IBM’s fiercest competitors, and their concern is something that Siri users tend to overlook. Whenever iPhone users speak to Siri, every command they speak is sent to Apple’s servers in Maiden, North Carolina. The commands are then converted into text and stored indefinitely in their databases. The purpose is to convert the command into an action that is quickly sent back to the iPhone to carry out what was commanded. However, Apple has set up few restrictions on what they do with the spoken, stored information. And that is what IBM questions.
An IBM employee could inadvertently give Apple information about the company via Siri that could be used to Apple’s advantage. So IBM figures it’s better to be safe than sorry concerning such matters and I don’t blame them.
Source: Daily Mail. IBM bans Siri over fears iPhone ‘personal assistant’ will send confidential data to Apple HQ. Daily Mail online. 26 May 2012.
–Harry A. Gaylord–