Apple Air Pods & Air Pods Pro
Review date: 11/02/2020
Things that go in your ears that are always on, always connected, and always listening — seems like there's the possibility something could go wrong. Fortunately, Apple has a pretty good record when it comes to privacy and security though so you should be safe. Now you just have to figure out a way not to lose these pricey little pods.
What could happen if something goes wrong
Apple does a good job with privacy and security as a company. They don't share or sell your data and Apple takes special care to make sure your Siri requests aren't associated with you. Apple did face backlash in 2019 when it came to light that their contractors were regularly listening in on confidential personal conversations when they were reviewing the voice assistant's recordings. Apple changed their policy so users weren't automatically opted-in to human voice review. Good work Apple!
Can it snoop on me?
What is required to sign up?
Third party account
What data does it collect?
Name, email, phone number, address
Voice recordings, if you opt-in
How does it use this data?
How can you control your data?
What is the company’s known track record for protecting users’ data?
They actually changed their Siri voice recording review practices—from an opt out to an opt-in—when people told them they were unhappy having contractors listen to the recordings. Good for them!
Can this product be used offline?
User friendly privacy information?
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
Uses encryption in transit and at rest. After Apple recognizes the words “Hey Siri,” what you say is encrypted and associated with a random identifier without being tied to your Apple ID. Audio samples are only retained if you have opted-in.
The device pairs securely via Bluetooth, which does not require a password.
Apple has a bug bounty program, which means that anyone who finds a security issue and discloses it responsibly may get paid. https://developer.apple.com/security-bounty/
Does the product use AI?
Does the AI use your personal data to make decisions about you?
Does the company allow users to see how the AI works?