Apple said to Lawmakers that iPhone doesn’t listen to consumers

Published on August 14, 2018

Apple Inc has said to the US lawmakers on Tuesday that the iPhones are not listening to the users who are without the consent and they don’t allow the third party apps to do the same in the iPhones. The company stated after the US lawmakers asked the company about the devices that were invading the user’s privacy policy.


The representatives named Greg Walden, Marsha Balckburn, Robert Latta and Greg Harper has written to the Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook with the Alphabet Inc chief executive Larry page in July. They cite the concerns about the reports which have got the smartphones that could collect the non-triggered audio data which is from the user’s conversations which is near the smartphone to hear the trigger phrase which is like Okay Google or Hey Siri.

The letter which was given to Walden, who is an Oregon Republican who chairs the House of Energy and Commerce Committee, the company in that letter said that the iPhones don’t record any type of audio while listening to the Siri Wakeup commands. In this Siri also do not share any kind of spoken words. Apple said that it required the users to explicitly approve the microphone access so that the apps will not display the clear signal that they are listening.

The letters which are issued in which the lawmakers have given the reports which suggest about the third party applications which had access to as well as to used the non-triggered data which is without the users know which was followed to the congressional hearings in April into the Facebook Inc’s privacy practices that includes testimony by the CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Alphabet usually does not respond to the questions about whether they had replied to the lawmakers. Apple has declined to comment more other than the letter. As per a spokeswoman for the Republican majority in the House Energy and Commerce Committee said that both the companies have been cooperative till now. The committees are now looking forward o review as well as analyze the responses to consider the next steps.

Apple in a post said that the company has now removed apps from the Apple Store due to privacy violations which are declined to say that they had ever banned a developer. They also said that it was up to the developers to notify the users when an app was removed for the privacy reasons.

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