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Hold The Phone and Stop It Siri!--Apple Was Making Recordings of People Without Their Knowledge--Even When Siri Wasn't On- Even When You Previously Opted Out!

FOR ABOUT 2 MONTHS, WHEN iOS15 CAME OUT, APPLE WAS RECORDING AND ANALYZING PEOPLE'S REQUESTS AND CONVERSATIONS (AND ARGUMENTS AND WHATEVER ELSE YOU CAN IMAGINE..) EVEN WHEN THEY WEREN'T USING SIRI! WHAT?! 

We've been telling you for years that using voice enabled assistants is just asking for trouble.  Remember Talking Barbie

Apple was first tagged for recording users without their permission back in 2019. Obviously, the company has invested tons in privacy protection and we do love the Nutrition Labels

And because they are crushing cookies all over the internet, Facebook just blamed them for a 25% decrease in profits! So Thanks for that.

Apple Prides Itself on Privacy But You Still Have Watch Out For Siri 

When iOS came out in September of 2021, we were concerned about a number of things. But ZDNet has been reporting that Apple sort of accidentally acknowledged that between then and when 15.2 launched in mid-December, 2021, iPhone and iPad users who had previously turned OFF the Share Analytic Data With Apple tab, had it automatically turned ON again.  Without their knowledge. 

If you value your privacy, you may want to keep your passwords off of Online Password Savers- Here's a lovely option.  Click to learn more about Password safety.

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Tip:  Every time you update operating software or apps, take a quick look at the Privacy Settings and Siri to make sure this doesn't happen to you.

Actually, I'm all for saying NO to Siri all together.I mean really, no one wants all their business hanging out there. Just ahead I'll walk through how to be super sure Siri is not listening or looking. Also, if you did update to 15- make sure you go ahead and go to 15.3 AND make sure also you do the Off-Means-No-EMF exposure setting!  I'll show you how at the end of the article.

A whistle blower who used to listen to and transcribe hundreds of these recordings a day, told The Guardian newspaper that  

“These recordings were often taken outside of any activation of Siri, eg in the context of an actual intention from the user to activate it for a request. These processings were made without users being aware of it, and were gathered into datasets to correct the transcription of the recording made by the device.”

YIKES.  I'm sorry but the thought of my smartphone, my most personal, personal possession, recording me while it's just sitting on the table freaks me out!  If you're like me, let's say no to Siri and to Apple collecting all your data. 

Follow These Easy Steps To Turn off Siri and delete stored recordings on your iOS device:

  1. Go to Settings:
  2. Scroll to General > Keyboards > Turn off dictation. This is important because Apple Will Also get any RECORDINGS you Dictate. If you like to speak your text messages, then this might not be a setting you want to turnoff.  Just be mindful that whatever you're saying in that message can be sent to Apple, just like the Siri recordings. 
  3. Go back to Settings > Siri & Search > Turn off Listen for "Hey Siri". This is probably the most important privacy move you can make. 
  4. This is a great opportunity to make sure Apple doesn't have access to your Siri recordings or anything you dictated.Scroll down to Siri and Dictation history, and then Tap Delete Siri and Dictation History.
  5. Next, turn off all the toggles below that, except Show When Listening, so you'll know if by some odd chance, Siri is listening.
Goodbye Siri! But don't leave settings just yet . . .

    There Are More Ways Through Siri and Search, That Apple Collects Your Data, Analyzes It and Shares It or Uses It To Sell Ads

    • Using Siri Suggestions 
    • Using Siri Look Up 
    • Typing in Search Spotlight 
    • Safari Search 
    • Images search in messages
    • Learn From This App

    If It's In Siri and Search, Apple Warns Us That It Is "Learning" From the actions you're taking.  To me, learning looks a lot like Tracking.

    Facebook Stock Fell By 25% recently saying that it was Apples Do Not Track policy- the one that let's you opt out of being "tracked across apps. Facebook uses the information it gets from tracking you to let advertisers "target" an ad based on what you like to look at, search and click on, to name a few.

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    Apple says it does not track you for advertising.  However, it does say the it takes all that information that it "learns" from logging what you do in Siri And Search

    Apple learns(records/tracks data) from your  interactions with Apps via Siri and Search and it says, it may use your account information, name, gender, downloads, purchase subscriptions, the news you read, what you search for and what you click on etc. and puts you in a group of people using the catch title of "Segments"  and lets advertisers target you Segment to serve you ads. 

    So Apple is essentially using your data to sell ads-

    S0 far it looks like it's just ads in the App Store but that doesn't mean that won't change.

    And by the way, Apple  uses "Contextual Information" to serve you ads-

    your location-if you grant it, your search on the App Store and the news you read and stocks you watch. 

    You Can Limit Some Of This Information By Saying No To Siri And Search:

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    Then Be Sure To Go Into Each App And Turn Off Learn From This App aka "Track Me On This App"

    You're still in the Siri and Search Setting. Scroll further down and you'll see a list of all your apps in alphabetical order.  Click on the first one and disable Learn From This App. If you toggle Learn From This App- here's what you're doing: Say the App is Instagram, You're letting Apple watch what you do on Instagram and then make suggestions across other apps.  So breaking that down:
        • You're scrolling Instagram, you search #lipgloss, then you might even land on a Kardashian announcing her favorite shade. 
        • Siri records this action on your phone
        • You open Google and maybe Siri shows you lip gloss selections or you go to your News app and you might see a story on Khole, Kim or Kendall

      Now the interesting and hard to interpret part of this "Siri learning" is that Apple says it's not stored on their servers- but Apple also says that your Usage Data - which is "Data about your activity on and use of our offerings, such as app launches within our services, including browsing history; search history; product interaction; crash data, performance and other diagnostic data" is data it collects on you. 

      So if I were you,  I would, toggle off "Learn From This App" on every single app.  Then I would go back to the main Settings Page and scroll through the Apple installed apps like Messages, News and Mail etc and turn off Learn From This App on each one of those. 

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      Learn from this app seems creepy to me.

      Believe it or not- another setting to disable:  Turn Off Safari Suggestions

      Apple even tells us we have choice and control, so now that we know that when we use Safari Suggestions which used to be called Spotlight Suggestions, our  devices may send information such as location, topics of interest, your search queries, suggestions you have selected, apps you use, and related device usage data to Apple.  Again Apple says this goes anonymously.  But why does have to go to Apple at all? Apparently, Apple says it won't if we disable this option. 

      If you do not want Siri Suggestions to send your information to Apple, you can disable Siri Suggestions in Search and Siri Suggestions in Look Up by going to Settings > Siri & Search. To disable Safari Suggestions, go to Settings > Safari and tap to turn off Safari Suggestions.

      Personally, I use Startpage instead of Safari for Searching.  I show you how you can grab that onto your home screen below.  See if you like it.

      Finally- One MoreThing To Turn Off That Will Afford You A Bit More Privacy:  Analytics and Improvements

      Settings > Privacy > (near the bottom of the Privacy section)  Analytics & Improvements > Make sure Share iPhone Analytics is OFF! 
      Now if it's toggled on, you'll see that you have options to share with app developers (absolutely not!), to improve Siri Dictation (let someone else be the test dummy for this--not you). Health activity, Health records, (nope and nope) even improve hand washing and wheelchair mode.  (who knew about those last two?) 
      Just make sure it's all OFF.
      iPhone analytics
      If you want to get a little freaked out, click on the Analytics Data. You'll see that there is a trove of code for every day you have the phone open about a whole bunch of stuff.  These analytics are said to be used by App developers to improve or debug Apps, but If you can understand all this you should be working at Apple or the FBI. 
      Here's something else weird:  Even though you're not sending the data to Apple, it is still being collected on your phone.  And guess what? There's apparently no way to erase it!  So imagine if a super smart hacker or the Apple and FBI guys, wanted to really understand everything you do all day long --just imagine.  It's all in there.  Waiting to be found.   

      Get The Ultimate Privacy protection: The Faraday Crossbody

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      Tip:  If you did update to 15, please update to 15.3 which is where Apple Made The Fix. 

      AND Here's How To Turn Off The Feature That Keeps Your Phone Emitting RF Radiation or Wireless Signal- Even When It's Off!

      This update features "battery" extension programming which  leaves your phone ON, even when your phone is powered off.

      Here's how that on while it's off feature works:  This operating system update includes a new feature that allows iPhone to send BlueTooth signal, plus the  EMF radiation that goes with it, if you utilize the Find My Phone feature called Find My Network. 

      Apple has programmed the ability to access what ever battery power is left when the phone is powered completely off, to send Blue Tooth signal so that the Find My Phone option will keep on working until the battery dies completely.  OR until you put your phone in a Faraday which stops it from getting or sending signal.

      What is a faraday?

      Here's How To Make Sure That Tracking While iPhone is OFF feature is not enabled.

      I wrote an earlier blog with details about how to turn off the nifty new iOS feature that allows iPhone to stay "ON" when it's completely OFF.  If that seems like an option you're not interested in

      Go to FIND My under settings

      Make Sure To Toggle Off:

      • Find My Network
      • Notify Me Of My Last Location

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      Disable iPhone Tracking With Phone off

      We have lots of these Privacy and EMF Radiation Protectors To Choose From

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      Get A Copy Of Your Apple Data

      Apple Let's You Erase Recordings Less Than Six Months Old - but you can also get a copy of your data.

      Want a copy of Your Siri Recordings?  Honestly I don't know if you can get them, but you can ask for a copy of your Data.  Apple says it will send you copies of what you use - so perhaps that includes your Siri recordings.

      To get a copy of your Apple Data do this:

      • Sign in To Your Apple Account.  Scroll Down to Data and Privacy- Click Manage Your Privacy Settingsget apple data on you
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      • Then SIGN IN AGAIN.  Yep that's what they make you do
      • Click on Manage Your Data And Privacy
      get apple data from your phone
      • Click on Request A Copy of Your Data.  You'll then get a notification that Apple will prepare a copy of your data, notify you and then you'll have a limited time to download it.

      Let me know if any of you use Siri and actually do get a copy of your recordings.

      If you'd like to know more about the microphones that are recording you on all your devices and take steps to silence them, click here.

      A nice substitute for Safari Search is Duck Duck Go but I added Startpage to my Home Screen And I Like Using It!

       

    1. Navigate to https://www.startpage.com in Safari and tap the Share button.




    2. Tap on Add to Home Screen.




    3. Tap Add.

    4. Startpage has been added to your home screen! 

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