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Linked – Your Phone Is Listening and it’s Not Paranoia

We’ve all felt like this was happening, didn’t we?

“For your smartphone to actually pay attention and record your conversation, there needs to be a trigger, such as when you say “hey Siri” or “okay Google.” In the absence of these triggers, any data you provide is only processed within your own phone. This might not seem a cause for alarm, but any third party applications you have on your phone—like Facebook for example—still have access to this “non-triggered” data. And whether or not they use this data is really up to them.”

As the article goes on to say, for most of us, it’s creepy, but no real harm is done. As in, I was telling my wife I wanted to lose some weight, and Facebook showed me an ad for Jenny Craig the next day, for example. Creepy, but not the end of the world.

On the other hand, if I’m having a highly private conversation, or discussing something of a very sensitive nature, maybe I should turn my phone off/leave it at home.


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