Apple Responds to U.S. Lawmakers Over Privacy, Location Tracking, ‘Hey, Siri’, and More

Apple Australia

Last month, the United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce doled out several different questions to both Apple and Google related to a variety of different topics, including location tracking, user privacy, and more.

Now, a month later, Apple has responded to those questions, fielding them with familiar talking points the company has stated several times in the past. That includes the company’s focus on keeping its customers customers, and not make them the product as so many other companies have done and continue to do.

“We believe privacy is a fundamental human right and purposely design products and services to minimize our collection of customer data. When we do collect data, we’re transparent about it and work to disassociate it from the user. We utilize on device processing to minimized data collection by Apple. The customer is not our product, and our business model does not depend on collecting vast amounts of personally identifiable information to enrich target profiles marketed to advertisers.”

The response from Apple is several pages long, and, in some parts, simply goes into detail on how its systems work in relation to questions asked. Apple goes over location sharing, and states that the individual has full control over how their location data is used. The company also talks a bit about how “Hey, Siri” works:

“Siri utterances are sent to Apple and handled in accordance with Apple’s privacy policy. Users have control over the random device identifier associated with Siri utterances, which can be reset any time by toggling Siri and Dictation off and back on. When the identifier is reset, Apple deletes information it stores that is associated with the identifier.”

As mentioned above, both Google and Apple received the same inquiries from the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, but Apple’s questions were pretty light in comparison.

Our Take

You can read the full response from Apple through the source link below, and it’s an interesting read if you’ve got some time. Nothing here is really all that new, of course, as Apple tends to stick to the major bullet points when it’s discussing these topics.

[via MacRumors]