Tag Archives: privacy

Apple, let me opt out of people listening to my Siri requests

Very interesting article in the guardian about actual humans listening to Siri voice recordings. This is something that both Google and Amazon are doing but with the stance Apple take on privacy this is definitely a knock for the them. The main issue is that I certainly wasn’t aware this was happening and there appears to be no way to opt out.

If you’re uncomfortable with this then turn off Siri for now. I’d expect Apple to resolve this and give an option to opt out pretty quickly. If not, then they will have to justify why there isn’t one.

Stopping my use of Google services

I’ve been thinking a lot about my data, where it’s sat and which companies I trust or more importantly line up with my morals. Google is one I’ve wrestled with for a while but I’ve decided to delete my account over the next few months. I’ve stopped checking my gmail and signed out of YouTube everywhere but now I need to make some concrete plans to remove myself or stop using it until they change their attitude.

I’ve been following the Center for humane technology for a while but listening to their podcast really got me thinking about how companies are pushing for attention biased on the extreme and negative. YouTube recommendations are terrible at this and being signed out is even worse. I can no longer give Google my views when it can’t take any responsibility for its algorithm. Check out the latest episode of their podcast which is a great resource if you’re interested in why I’m not it’s biggest fan. Content creators I’ve followed for a while are now sucked into this arms race for negative content, which YouTube keeps on rewarding (I’m still glad I stopped trying to build a following there, I couldn’t have done this).

I’ll get off my soap box now, just wanted to share my thoughts on removing or pausing my account, I’m not expecting anyone to follow.

When will Apple drop Google as the default search engine?

I’ve been reinstalling iOS a lot this week and one thing hit me, why is Google still the default search engine? Yes, I know Google pay them billions a year for this privilege but why with their privacy stance are they still doing it?

I was hoping iOS 13 changed this but nope it’s still the same. Maybe DuckDuckGo becomes the default or maybe it just asks you I’m not sure but it must be something Apple are looking at internally.

Removing your smart TV from the internet

I’ve been using my LG Smart TV for a year or so and before that a Sony but never before considered if I should actually leave it connected to the internet or not. In 2019 I’m starting to think more about where my data is being sent and only using cloud services that I trust. In reading through the terms and conditions of my LG it’s so hard to figure out what is and isn’t being done and sent so I decided to remove it completely from being able to talk to the mothership.

After I logged out of Google etc on the TV apps I made sure I had the latest software update and then disabled WiFi. I am thinking of removing the WiFi details completely but for now just turning off WiFi should be enough.

Instead I’m going to be using the Apple TV for everything streaming. It has all the apps I need and I trust Apple.

I may be being paranoid but for me I feel more comfortable with it not transmitting everything I’m doing. Yes, I’ll need to enable for software updates periodically but I won’t be constantly connected.