COVID-19 Update
  • World 41,494,819
    World
    Confirmed: 41,494,819
    Active: 9,440,869
    Recovered: 30,917,487
    Death: 1,136,463
  • USA 8,584,850
    USA
    Confirmed: 8,584,850
    Active: 2,755,319
    Recovered: 5,602,122
    Death: 227,409
  • India 7,706,946
    India
    Confirmed: 7,706,946
    Active: 715,775
    Recovered: 6,874,518
    Death: 116,653
  • Brazil 5,300,649
    Brazil
    Confirmed: 5,300,649
    Active: 388,701
    Recovered: 4,756,489
    Death: 155,459
  • Russia 1,447,335
    Russia
    Confirmed: 1,447,335
    Active: 325,823
    Recovered: 1,096,560
    Death: 24,952
  • France 957,421
    France
    Confirmed: 957,421
    Active: 815,721
    Recovered: 107,652
    Death: 34,048
  • UK 789,229
    UK
    Confirmed: 789,229
    Active: 745,071
    Recovered: N/A
    Death: 44,158
  • Iran 545,286
    Iran
    Confirmed: 545,286
    Active: 75,231
    Recovered: 438,709
    Death: 31,346
  • Italy 449,648
    Italy
    Confirmed: 449,648
    Active: 155,442
    Recovered: 257,374
    Death: 36,832
  • Indonesia 373,109
    Indonesia
    Confirmed: 373,109
    Active: 62,743
    Recovered: 297,509
    Death: 12,857
  • Philippines 362,243
    Philippines
    Confirmed: 362,243
    Active: 43,990
    Recovered: 311,506
    Death: 6,747
  • Saudi Arabia 343,373
    Saudi Arabia
    Confirmed: 343,373
    Active: 8,423
    Recovered: 329,715
    Death: 5,235
  • Pakistan 325,480
    Pakistan
    Confirmed: 325,480
    Active: 9,642
    Recovered: 309,136
    Death: 6,702
  • Ukraine 322,879
    Ukraine
    Confirmed: 322,879
    Active: 181,938
    Recovered: 134,898
    Death: 6,043
  • Ecuador 155,625
    Ecuador
    Confirmed: 155,625
    Active: 8,985
    Recovered: 134,187
    Death: 12,453
  • Nepal 144,872
    Nepal
    Confirmed: 144,872
    Active: 44,476
    Recovered: 99,605
    Death: 791
  • Dominican Republic 122,398
    Dominican Republic
    Confirmed: 122,398
    Active: 20,141
    Recovered: 100,051
    Death: 2,206
  • Honduras 91,078
    Honduras
    Confirmed: 91,078
    Active: 52,141
    Recovered: 36,341
    Death: 2,596
  • Uzbekistan 64,335
    Uzbekistan
    Confirmed: 64,335
    Active: 2,374
    Recovered: 61,423
    Death: 538
  • Albania 17,948
    Albania
    Confirmed: 17,948
    Active: 7,145
    Recovered: 10,341
    Death: 462
  • Montenegro 16,069
    Montenegro
    Confirmed: 16,069
    Active: 4,004
    Recovered: 11,815
    Death: 250
  • DRC 11,066
    DRC
    Confirmed: 11,066
    Active: 401
    Recovered: 10,362
    Death: 303
  • Malawi 5,864
    Malawi
    Confirmed: 5,864
    Active: 919
    Recovered: 4,762
    Death: 183
  • Equatorial Guinea 5,074
    Equatorial Guinea
    Confirmed: 5,074
    Active: 37
    Recovered: 4,954
    Death: 83
  • Anguilla 3
    Anguilla
    Confirmed: 3
    Active: N/A
    Recovered: 3
    Death: N/A

In the wake of revelations that Apple has people listening in to some Siri requests, Apple has fired more than 300 contractors in Cork, Ireland. As The Guardian reports those contractors were hired as part of a “grading” program that reviewed audio recorded by Siri. News broke last month that those contractors often heard sensitive information — like medical info, criminal activity and “sexual encounters.” After temporarily suspending the program, Apple has reportedly decided to terminate it.

More contractors throughout Europe may have been let go. As The Guardian reports, many are upset that Apple fired so many people with just one week’s notice. Even those who were concerned with the program’s ethical implications expressed their frustration.

Apple previously promised that “as part of a future software update, users will have the ability to choose to participate in grading.” The company may have been able to add the opt-out capability as soon as the next iOS software update, expected in early October. But its decision to terminate the contractors in Cork suggests it doesn’t plan to continue the program any time soon. While this shows that Apple is taking the issue seriously, the fact that contractors were ever listening to Siri recordings without users’ knowledge goes against its previous privacy claims.

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