In America, several people are currently suing Apple because its voice assistant Siri is said to have illegally recorded people’s conversations.
Motion to dismiss the action dismissed
After a lawsuit was brought against Apple in America, it soon had to stand trial.
Apple is accused of having illegally recorded conversations using Siri and then passed the data on to third parties. The plaintiffs also state that Siri activated itself unsolicited and then started recording. By disclosing the information to third parties without the consent of the persons, their privacy is violated, as can be read in the application:
These interviews took place in her home, bedroom, and car, as well as other places where Plaintiffs Lopez and AL were alone or had reasonable expectation of privacy.
The lawsuit was ruled admissible in the Oakland District Court by competent Judge Jeffrey S. White. Apple’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit failed. Only with regard to the question of the economic damage suffered by the plaintiffs was part of the action dismissed. The admitted partial action is to be converted into a class action and then decided.
“Overheard” of conversations by Siri cannot be completely ruled out, because voice assistants such as Siri, Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa are designed in such a way that they switch on automatically when a signal word is spoken. Such voice assistants are integrated in various devices such as smart speakers, smartwatches or even smartphones.
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