We’ve all had that moment of suspicion. A random conversation with a friend about something that wouldn’t normally get discussed. An ad for exactly that product or service in your feed an hour later. A furrowed brow of concern. While it’s comforting to think, “No, surely my ohone isn;t listening to me 24/7”, the reality, while complicated, is different.
In an article published by Vice, writer Sam Nichols performed a few experiments, before talking to Dr. Peter Henway, Senior Security Consultant for cybersecurity firm Asterix. While definitive answers aren’t that easy to find, it appears that the microphone on your smartphone can be used to assist advertisers in delivering targeted content, but does not store any personal data or actual recordings.
While Google openly admits to doing this, to provide a better user experience, Facebook still denies they use your phone’s microphone to inform ads or to change what you see in your news feed.
Click the link below to read the full article (and expect a whole bunch of ads for cyber security software to follow, once you’ve told your mates, we guess).