Review date: 11/02/2020
Seven horn-loaded tweeters, six microphone array, one high-excursion woofer, and a partridge in a pear tree! This fancy smart speaker from Apple comes with six built in smart microphones. That's a lot of listening. Apple promises anything you say after "Hey Siri" is encrypted and associated to a random identifier to Apple's servers though, so you should be safe. Apple also claims this speaker has a big brain with spatial awareness and can learn all about the room you put it in to deliver the best sound. When you listen to those 11 drummers drumming they're gonna sound awesome.
What could happen if something goes wrong
Apple does a pretty 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 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. However, it's always good to remember if you buy this product you're bringing six quality microphones that are always listening into your home. Here's hoping Apple doesn't let more strangers listen in to all you say!
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?
Can this product be used offline?
A WiFi connection is required to set it up.
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.
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?