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Apple fixes Siri data leak in iOS 15.2

Dominik Bärlocher
Zurich, on 11.02.2022

Apple accidentally saved and analyzed some recordings from Siri. The bug has been fixed after an update.

Apple has found a data leak in iOS 15, ZDNet reports. Some recordings from Siri have been accidentally saved, even if the iPhone user did not consent to it. The recordings may only be saved if you, as the iPhone user, agree to it.

Apple has responded. With the update iOS 15.2, this bug is fixed, all mistakenly kept recordings have been deleted.

Apple has processed data by mistake

The company has stated to ZDNet that the bug only affects a small part of iPhones. It said that after the bug was detected, all recordings from the affected devices were deleted. However, it had happened that some audio files of phone users who said "no" were further processed.

In order for Apple to be sure that consent is indeed given, you will be asked if you want to agree to Siri Help after updating to the latest iOS version. It doesn't matter whether you have already agreed to it or rejected it.

There will be no restrictions on using Siri if you don't agree to the question.

Update iPhone, check settings

It may be that your iPhone does not show the update yet. Therefore it is worth to check manually if there is one pending.

  1. Plug in your iPhone if you have less than 50% battery.
  2. Settings
  3. General
  4. Software Update

As soon as you open the screen, the iPhone contacts the server and asks if there is an update.

If you accidentally pressed "Yes" on the Siri update question, the following steps will help you after the update.

  1. Settings
  2. Privacy
  3. Scroll all the way down
  4. Analytics & Improvements
  5. Turn off "Improve Siri & Dictation

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