IBM Corp. (IBM: Quote) has reportedly banned the use of Apple's (AAPL: Quote) SIRI voice recognition service on its internal networks. IBM Chief Information Officer Jeanette Horan broke the news earlier this week speaking with MIT's Technology Review, saying that the destination for outgoing search queries could be a cause for concern.
When iPhone users ask SIRI a question, the data is sent to Apple's facility in Maiden, North Carolina. From that point it is unclear what happens to the data.
According to Horan, IBM is not willing to risk letting sensitive information land on Apple's servers.
"The company worries that the spoken queries might be stored somewhere," Horan told Technology Review.
"We're just extraordinarily conservative," she added. "It's the nature of our business."
However, original SIRI developer Edward Wrenbeck told Wired that IBM's move is overkill.
"I really don't think it's something to worry about," Wrenbeck said. "People are already doing things on these mobile devices. Maybe Siri makes their life a little bit easier, but it's not exactly opening up a new avenue that wasn't there before."
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