A US federal judge said this week that Apple will have to appear in court. A class-action lawsuit was filed against the company, in which it is accused of violating the privacy and confidentiality of users. The proprietary voice assistant Siri is to blame for everything.
US District Judge Jeffrey White said that the plaintiffs will try to prove that Siri regularly records their conversations, and Apple transfers the recordings to third parties.
Typically, voice assistants respond to certain keywords, such as “Hey Siri”. One of the plaintiffs stated that he had a confidential conversation about a commercial treatment program with his treating physician, after which the device began to offer advertisements for that particular treatment. Other plaintiffs said that after discussing sneakers and sunglasses, they began to notice advertisements for exactly the brands and models that were previously mentioned in private conversations.
A judge from Oakland, California, said the plaintiffs may be suing on the grounds that Apple violated federal wiretapping and California privacy laws and violated user agreement rules. However, he dismissed the unfair competition lawsuit.
On July 1, another federal judge in California said that users of Google’s voice assistant could file a similar lawsuit against Google and its parent company, Alphabet Inc.