You may not remember that time you jokingly asked Siri how to bury a body, but Apple sure does.
Apple holds on to Siri queries for up to two years after they’re asked, an Apple spokesperson tells Wired. After iPhone users ask Siri a question, that question gets analyzed and stored. Six months later, Apple anonymizes the data, but the company holds on to it indefinitely for “testing purposes.”
So everything you’ve ever asked Siri is being stored on Apple’s servers somewhere.
Apple’s desire to hold on to Siri data is understandable. After all, every current Siri response only serves to make future Siri responses faster and more relevant. More, that data is powerful even without knowing who it came from.
The real problem, though, isn’t that Apple keeps the data — it’s that not so many people are aware that the storage is happening.