The employees at the Irish company GlobeTech who listened to Siri recordings were fired with immediate effect this week. Apple has informed GlobeTech on Saturday that the work on the Siri admissions will be terminated, according to the letter of resignation in the hands of NU.nl. Probably it involves hundreds of employees.
Listening to Siri recordings was also done in Dutch, NU.nl reported early August. Moreover, the audio recordings were less anonymous than Apple suggested: the GlobeTech employees also had insight into, among other things, the location and contact list of Siri users.
The now dismissed GlobeTech employees have been in uncertainty for a long time after Apple stopped the project on 2 August. The staff of the Irish company was told that the work was no longer possible due to a "system error," an initiate told NU.nl.
Employees have been told that "as a sign of goodwill" they will also be paid the period specified in their contract as cancellation period, although "under these circumstances" is not mandatory according to GlobeTech. Outstanding vacation days are also paid.
Both GlobeTech and an Apple spokesperson in the Netherlands were unavailable for a response on Thursday evening.