In a statement to TechCrunch:
“We are committed to delivering a great Siri experience while protecting user privacy. While we conduct a thorough review, we are suspending Siri grading globally. Additionally, as part of a future software update, users will have the ability to choose to participate in grading.”
Despite the delayed response to the criticisms of potential privacy concerns surrounding the use of contractors to analyse and grade Siri search query data - a concern made more prominent by The Guardian’s reporting of the situation - am glad to see Apple take action nonetheless.
Albeit, only a suspension of the program worldwide and not a total cancellation, probably due to needing time to assess better operable options in how to continually process such data without the need of contracted human helpers.
It is great to see Apple take ownership of its responsibilities and holding themselves accountable.