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Company BYOD Policy Bars Voice-Activated Assistant

MOBILE PRIVACY—U.S.

May 24, 2012

Wired reports on IBM's bring-your-own-device policy and how its IT department disables specific functions, including Apple's Siri software, to help mitigate risk. IBM Chief Information Officer Jeanette Horan said, "The company worries that the spoken queries might be stored somewhere," and, according to the software's user agreement, "the things you say will be recorded and sent to Apple in order to convert what you say into text." Horan said her company also disables file-transfer programs but offers an IBM-controlled program for employees. Siri developer Edward Wrenbeck said privacy was a concern for developers.
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