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Siri, iPhone's virtual assistant, has been banned at IBM workplaces. (AP)
Siri, iPhone's virtual assistant, has been banned at IBM workplaces. (AP)

If you work at IBM you can still bring your iPhone to work, but you can no longer use that handy, digital personal assistant Siri.

The corporate giant has banned Siri, along with some other smart phone apps like Dropbox, citing security concerns. IBM doesn't necessarily think that Apple is up to no good, but everything you say to Siri is sent to an Apple server in North Carolina.

Apple doesn't say what it does with all the information it gathers, but IBM's chief technology officer, Jeanette Horan, says IBM is being "extraordinarily conservative" and doesn't want to take the chance that sensitive corporate information may wind up in the wrong hands.

Brian Bergstein, deputy editor at MIT's Technology Review, tells Here & Now's Robin Young that IBM's move is a response to the BYOD (bring your own device) to work movement.

While IBM and other tech companies encourage employees to use their own laptops or cell phones at work, IT departments are struggling to square that with security concerns.

Guest:

  • Brian Bergstein, deputy editor of MIT's Technology Review

This segment aired on May 31, 2012.

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