Online ads are increasingly targeting younger and younger folks. BBC Technology Report Zoe Kleinman reports an occasion when she learned of a friend’s death in tragic circumstances, only to find that her friend’s name, the accident, location and year were in the Google search box on her phone.
Further stories on Reddit expand further, such as this from hawk8177:i was talking to a friend about a med he takes, next day im getting ads about that med…
To prove that other apps could be stealing data captured through your smartphone’s microphone, cybersecurity expert Ken Munro developed – with the help of David Lodge from Pen Test Partners – an app that would record what was being said in the vicinity of a phone, and display it on a PC monitor.“All we did was use the existing functionality of Google Android – we chose it because it was a little easier for us to develop in.” “We gave ourselves permission to use the microphone on the phone, set up a listening server on the internet, and everything that microphone heard on that phone, wherever it was in the world, came to us and we could then have sent back customized ads.”David Lodge went on to explain that much of the code was already available either within the OS or in the public domain, and it seems the experiment was achieved with minimal battery drain on the device.
Google and Facebook have both denied that their apps can take advantage of smartphone microphones to gather information in this way. Are Google and Facebook using voice recognition software against us to make a profit? Have you had the uncanny feeling that what you just talked about has appeared as an ad on your phone? Christian Cawley is a Deputy Editor at Make Use Of, covering security, Linux, DIY and programming.
But the purpose of the app isn’t to breach your privacy.
Various users across the web have claimed that something fishy is going on with their phones.
They believe that smartphone microphones are being used to record what they say, with the information used to better target Google ads You might think you're smart enough to dodge manipulative advertisements -- and maybe you are smart enough -- but what about children? It sounds unlikely, but the anecdotal evidence is quite compelling.
The deal was negotiated by Dan Fisher for Gravitas and by Cox of Red Square Pictures, Glen Reynolds and Sebastian Twardosz at Circus Road Films, and Christopher Howland of American Entertainment Investors on behalf of the filmmakers.
is under way and so many premieres took place on Friday night (January 20) in Park City, Utah.