IBM is scared of Siri

Work for IBM? Like Siri? Tough luck: Wired reports that Big Blue has banned Siri from its networks in a futile attempt to protect its corporate secrets from Apple's prying ears.

Speaking to MIT's Technology Review, CIO Jeanette Horan said that the company had banned Siri because they were afraid that the “spoken queries might be stored somewhere.” This isn't the first time that the service has been criticized for the same reason, since Siri sends all queries off to Apple's Maiden, North Carolina data center for interpretation.

In fact, the ACLU put a warning out on Siri back in March, since Apple's privacy policy admits that Siri does store some data that's necessary for the service to be able to understand the user, like info on the user's family and work. We also wouldn't be too surprised if Apple didn't have someone listening to at least some queries, to check them for accuracy and improve the service.

Edward Wrenbeck, one of the original developers of the Siri app before it was acquired by Apple, isn't surprised that some businesses might be leery of the service. “Just having it know that you're at a certain customer's location might be in violation of a non-disclosure agreement.” On the other hand, he doesn't think it's any more of a problem than using a mobile device in general.

“I really don't think it's something to worry about. People are already doing things on these mobile devices. Maybe Siri makes their life a little bit easier, but it's not exactly opening up a new avenue that wasn't there before.” Unsurprisingly, Wired didn't have much luck getting a statement from Apple.

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As someone who is working at IBM, this shouldnt be an issue considering phones are not permitted to be on their internal data network. You could try - some got their phones to connect, while I couldn't. In addition, the iOS mail app would be incompatible with the internal email server.

Beastage said,
IBM can relax, no one uses siri anymore

Really? It's only been a few months since people even knew about it! Technology sure does go by quickly...

the CIA banned the Furbee when it was popular, the problem is security, you don't know if its capable of moving classified information to something else.. Siri sends stuff to external processors, and IBM does a LOT of government contracts, so there is a potential problem there... so this all makes sense

neufuse said,
the CIA banned the Furbee when it was popular, the problem is security, you don't know if its capable of moving classified information to something else.. Siri sends stuff to external processors, and IBM does a LOT of government contracts, so there is a potential problem there... so this all makes sense

The CIA banned the Furbee? BAHAHAHAHA!

MASTER260 said,

The CIA banned the Furbee? BAHAHAHAHA!

yep, they thought it could store information and reveal it to outsiders

MASTER260 said,

Watson's a supercomputer. Siri's a feature of a phone...

Watson could be a feature of a phone. Siri uses web services like Wolfram Alpha and other online data sources. No different, except Watson is actually better.

Random thought... IBM Watson should partner with Microsoft TellMe

I have a jailbroken 4S. What is the first thing I did? Removed Siri, its Launch Daemons, and ALL reference of Siri in iOS. This thing is broken, it's tedious, it simply doesn't work.

iKenndac said,
That's certainly a lot simpler than switching Siri off in Settings.

I not only wanted it disabled, I wanted it to dissapear from my device

myxomatosis said,

I not only wanted it disabled, I wanted it to dissapear from my device


Why would you go to all that trouble just because you don't like a feature of an OS?...

MASTER260 said,

Why would you go to all that trouble just because you don't like a feature of an OS?...

Because some features take up space,, Space you can use for other things?

I saw someone with an IBM keyholder thing round their neck in a supermarket earlier, was going to ask them where they worked but didn't get round to it damnit!

Blocking a service for security reasons is not the same as being "scared" of a product. This post is a bit sensationalist.

Omen1393 said,
Blocking a service for security reasons is not the same as being "scared" of a product. This post is a bit sensationalist.

Indeed. That's what I was thinking as well.

Omen1393 said,
Blocking a service for security reasons is not the same as being "scared" of a product. This post is a bit sensationalist.

Right, I work at IBM and I can see it being a legitimate concern. I'm not sure how exactly they are banning it though, unless they mean they are going to block access to the servers over wifi, or that you'd be reprimanded for using it. I don't even know if any groups give out iPhones for buisness, I'd guess that's what they mean.

Either way, I do also agree that most of that info would have already been input into the phone, so how big a concern it is is questionable.

Luckily I'm an Android guy so I don't have to worry about it!