Apple sued for ‘unlawful’ recording of communications

Another day, another lawsuit. Apple is being sued for “"unlawful and intentional recording of individuals' confidential communications without their consent" from late 2011 to present day by Siri, according to AppleInsider. 

The lawsuit, filed on Aug. 7, alleges that Apple violates several California laws, including the California Invasion of Privacy act. This seems to be in response to concerns raised by a Guardian story last week over how recordings of Siri queries are used for quality control.

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Since then, Apple has suspended the program. The tech giant saidit will review the process that it uses, called “grading,” to determine whether Siri is hearing queries correctly, or being invoked by mistake. Apple says it will also issue a software update in the future that will let Siri users choose whether they participate in the grading process or not. 

The Guardian report claimed Apple contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality control, or grading, Siri. The article adds that, although Apple doesn’t explicitly disclose it in its consumer-facing privacy documentation, “a small proportion of Siri recordings are passed on to contractors working for the company around the world.”

The lawsuit wants a court ruling that Apple has violated California's privacy laws and civil code. Also, it demands that the tech giant must delete all recordings of class members and take measures to prevent further recording of the class members without their consent.