IBM Bans Siri in Workplace

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IBM has reportedly banned the use of the iPhone 4S voice recognition service Siri, but not because it's annoying or pointless. It's a security risk.

Possibly, anyway.

IBM Chief Information Officer Jeanette Horan said earlier this week that destination for outgoing search inquiries made using Siri could be a concern.


When people ask Siri a question the data is sent to Apple's facility in Maiden, N.C. After that, no one knows what the company does with the date.

This alarms IBM, as Apple could be storing their information on their servers.

Apple doesn't sayow long data is stored or who can access it, but Horan has made it pretty clear that the company is "extraordinarily conservative."

Edward Wrenbeck, Apple's Siri developer, downplayed concerns, saying "People already do these things on mobile devices. Maybe Siri makes their lives easier, but it's not exactly opening up a new avenue that wasn't there before."

Well, except for cellphones getting racist or telling off Zooey Deschanel.