After releasing the stable version of the iOS 15.3 update, Apple also released the public beta version of iOS 15.4 for the iPhone at the end of January. However, the second update for iOS 15.4 beta version actually has privacy issues. The reason is, in iOS 15.4 beta 2 there is a bug that makes the iPhone record conversations between the user and Siri, even though it has been turned off.
This bug has actually appeared since the first iOS 15 update. The bug causes the device to automatically activate the “Improve Siri and Dictation” settings menu.
These settings actually function so that Apple can record, store, and review user interactions with Siri in order to improve Siri’s capabilities and voice commands. The problem is, the setting remains active, even if the user has disabled it. As a result, user interactions with Siri are still recorded.
As an iOS developer, Apple confirmed a bug that made user interactions with Siri recorded. Regarding this bug, Apple claims to have known and resolved the problem through the latest iOS update.
“This bug inadvertently enabled a setting for a minority of devices. Since identifying the bug, we’ve stopped reviewing and deleting audio recordings received from all devices affected by this bug,” Apple said.
Currently, the Steve Jobs startup claims to be fixing the bug and turning off the “Improve Siri and Dictation” setting via an iOS update.
For this reason, it’s a good idea for iPhone users to update iOS to the latest version through the “Settings” > “General” > “Software Update” menu on the user’s iPhone device.