COVID-19 Update
  • World 95,089,478
    World
    Confirmed: 95,089,478
    Active: 25,144,051
    Recovered: 67,912,042
    Death: 2,033,385
  • USA 24,313,397
    USA
    Confirmed: 24,313,397
    Active: 9,562,540
    Recovered: 14,345,507
    Death: 405,350
  • India 10,566,720
    India
    Confirmed: 10,566,720
    Active: 210,011
    Recovered: 10,204,340
    Death: 152,369
  • Brazil 8,456,705
    Brazil
    Confirmed: 8,456,705
    Active: 858,571
    Recovered: 7,388,784
    Death: 209,350
  • Russia 3,568,209
    Russia
    Confirmed: 3,568,209
    Active: 542,212
    Recovered: 2,960,431
    Death: 65,566
  • UK 3,357,361
    UK
    Confirmed: 3,357,361
    Active: 1,749,665
    Recovered: 1,519,106
    Death: 88,590
  • France 2,894,347
    France
    Confirmed: 2,894,347
    Active: 2,616,134
    Recovered: 208,071
    Death: 70,142
  • Italy 2,368,733
    Italy
    Confirmed: 2,368,733
    Active: 557,717
    Recovered: 1,729,216
    Death: 81,800
  • Iran 1,330,411
    Iran
    Confirmed: 1,330,411
    Active: 154,471
    Recovered: 1,119,137
    Death: 56,803
  • Ukraine 1,160,682
    Ukraine
    Confirmed: 1,160,682
    Active: 273,920
    Recovered: 865,960
    Death: 20,802
  • Indonesia 907,929
    Indonesia
    Confirmed: 907,929
    Active: 145,482
    Recovered: 736,460
    Death: 25,987
  • Pakistan 519,291
    Pakistan
    Confirmed: 519,291
    Active: 34,701
    Recovered: 473,639
    Death: 10,951
  • Philippines 500,577
    Philippines
    Confirmed: 500,577
    Active: 24,691
    Recovered: 465,991
    Death: 9,895
  • Saudi Arabia 364,929
    Saudi Arabia
    Confirmed: 364,929
    Active: 1,919
    Recovered: 356,687
    Death: 6,323
  • Nepal 267,322
    Nepal
    Confirmed: 267,322
    Active: 3,919
    Recovered: 261,444
    Death: 1,959
  • Ecuador 230,808
    Ecuador
    Confirmed: 230,808
    Active: 22,911
    Recovered: 193,581
    Death: 14,316
  • Dominican Republic 193,118
    Dominican Republic
    Confirmed: 193,118
    Active: 47,631
    Recovered: 143,050
    Death: 2,437
  • Honduras 133,507
    Honduras
    Confirmed: 133,507
    Active: 70,103
    Recovered: 60,056
    Death: 3,348
  • Uzbekistan 77,968
    Uzbekistan
    Confirmed: 77,968
    Active: 913
    Recovered: 76,436
    Death: 619
  • Albania 67,690
    Albania
    Confirmed: 67,690
    Active: 25,960
    Recovered: 40,453
    Death: 1,277
  • Montenegro 55,136
    Montenegro
    Confirmed: 55,136
    Active: 9,537
    Recovered: 44,856
    Death: 743
  • DRC 20,908
    DRC
    Confirmed: 20,908
    Active: 5,470
    Recovered: 14,807
    Death: 631
  • Malawi 11,785
    Malawi
    Confirmed: 11,785
    Active: 5,493
    Recovered: 5,992
    Death: 300
  • Equatorial Guinea 5,356
    Equatorial Guinea
    Confirmed: 5,356
    Active: 81
    Recovered: 5,189
    Death: 86
  • Anguilla 15
    Anguilla
    Confirmed: 15
    Active: N/A
    Recovered: 15
    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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