09 Aug iPhone Not Eavesdropping on Consumers, Apple Assures Lawmakers
Responding to a letter sent to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet Chief Larry Page, Apple explained that the iPhone does not record audio while listening for Siri wake up commands, and Siri does not share spoken words. The phonemaker added that users need to explicitly approve microphone access, and that apps must display a clear signal that they are listening.
Representatives Greg Walden, Marsha Blackburn, Gregg Harper and Robert Latta asked in their letter if iPhones or Android devices could “collect ‘non-triggered’ audio data from users’ conversations to hear ‘trigger’ phrases such as ‘Okay Google’ or ‘Hey Siri.’”
Alphabet however, refused to comment on whether they had responded to the letter.