Facebook using people’s phones to listen in on what they’re saying, suggests professor

(Oh yeah, it’s a good thing the 12 guys at the NSA don’t have access to your personal communications. Now it’s only Facebook, Google, Progressive, Samsung, General Motors, X-Box, Microsoft, any security system provider you have at your home or Arnold Schwarzenegger and his cell phone app can listen in to your conversations whenever they want. And that’s much better, right? So thank you “Edward Snowden” and Glen Greenwald for all that wonderful work you did.)

from the Independent

Facebook could be listening in on people’s conversations all of the time, an expert has claimed.

The app might be using people’s phones to gather data on what they are talking about, it has been claimed.

Facebook says that its app does listen to what’s happening around it, but only as a way of seeing what people are listening to or watching and suggesting that they post about it. 

The feature has been available for a couple of years, but recent warnings from Kelli Burns, mass communication professor at the University of South Florida, have drawn attention to it.

Professor Burns has said that the tool appears to be using the audio it gathers not simply to help out users, but might be doing so to listen in to discussions and serve them with relevant advertising. She says that to test the feature, she discussed certain topics around the phone and then found that the site appeared to show relevant ads.

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2 Responses

  1. From Scott’s “Eric Holder praises Edward Snowden…” article:

    “Now that CISA and the Freedom Act are the laws of the land and Windows 10 is being given away for free since it monetizes every communication you make and considers everything on your computer theirs to do what they want with it… now that you can’t buy a car without the manufacturer installing 30 cameras on the damn thing and microphones to listen to what you say all day and a WiFi broadcast system to make sure they are always in connection with their data mining servers…. now that your Samsung refrigerator is constantly broadcasting via WiFi photos of it’s contents … and since you can’t buy a TV without microphones and cameras installed on them to compliment your home gaming system that has the same thing… since all your insurance companies want to install a device in your car to listen to your conversations and report everywhere you go to whomever wishes to purchase such information…”

    I might have to borrow that paragraph Scott. I’ve believed for years now that what would shock even those fully aware of Snowden and his revelations is the sheer scale of surveillance that is occurring. And I’m not talking about the NSA and it’s vacuum everything strategy. I’m talking about the number of unique entities that are spying on us. Governments(local, state, national, international), NGOs, Foundations, Corporations, Institutions, Private Organizations, and individuals.

    The really shocking revelation would the total # of entities spying on us all.

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