Since the release of Siri by Apple, I'm worried that these "wizards" send records to a server on which the answer is calculated. In reality, they are not an "AI" who would pass a test test, which could understand you and react accordingly, even if they are marketed as such.
Wanting a "smart digital assistant" is a great idea unless you realize that some companies actually have access to these recordings. Worse, as has been unveiled in recent weeks and months, not only do all companies store these records, they also ask their employees to listen to them and correct them.
I'm saving you shit "1984 is here" at this point …
I do not have a dedicated device, such as an Amazon Echo, but Android phones (Samsung and others), iPhones, Win10-PCs and Macbooks are used in my home. All of these devices / systems include at least some sort of "wizard" – and seeing it on my Samsung S10, they are quite inclined to make you use their system even when you have disabled the wizard in the settings .
With a variety of such devices in a home and the way current systems are enabled, a more or less continuous record of what is happening in my home is ultimately stored in a "cloud" attached to my point of view. Internet access. Awesome. Sensational. I do not want that. It's not that I have to hide things, but …
It's the same for businesses: imagine an office with, say, 20 people. Everyone wears / uses a private phone, a company phone and a computer. As a business owner, would you like to record all discussions / meetings on another company's server? Would you trust your employees to disable ALL their assistants? Would you like to take this risk?
What I want is to BLOCK all connections from a device in my network to one of these main servers. At the same time, I do not want to block other services from Apple / Amazon / Google / …
This should be fairly simple and you should be able to create a small firewall rule to install on your router. So I looked for it. Interestingly, I found only discussions like "why would you block them?" and more "how to unlock my Siri in my local / business network".
I am confused! Nobody sees an invasion of privacy? Can not be!
So, everyone knows the ranges of IP addresses of these services so that I can block outgoing connections on my home / business router?
Warning: I am aware that this only works for the devices on my network and nothing prevents the devices from using Siri, and so on. via mobile phone networks. But I guess I can not do anything about it, can I?