Apple announces that iOS 15.4 beta 2 fixes a bug where some iPhones recorded interactions with Siri and sent them to Apple, when users had specifically requested that such recordings not take place.
A bug with Siri and recordings
In a statement to ZDNet, Apple says this recording bug with Siri debuted with iOS 15. Recordings were mistakenly kept for some users who turned off the option to share their voice interactions or dictations with Apple in an effort to improve the voice assistant.
Here is what Apple says:
With iOS 15.2, we disabled the Enhance Siri and Dictation setting for many Siri users while fixing a bug introduced with iOS 15. This bug inadvertently enabled the setting for a small portion of devices. Since identifying the bug, we have stopped analyzing and are deleting received audio files from all affected devices.
As we can see, Apple has been aware since iOS 15.2 and yet did not communicate about this issue until today. As a reminder, iOS 15.2 was released last December. Also, Apple doesn’t say how many accidental recordings there were.
When updating to iOS 15.4 beta 2, a configuration screen asks users to choose whether they want to improve Siri and dictation by sending recordings to Apple. This choice is intended to prevent Apple from collecting and reviewing records of interactions with Siri.