Do smart phones listen to conversations?

  1. Hondaman_MI

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    I had my Apple Ipad on sleep mode and my wife's smart phone was in her pocket. We walked through a parking lot and I pointed to a Maserati SUV I saw, and mentioned it to her. Next time I used my tablet it had Maserati SUV ads all over.
     
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    Yes they do!!
     
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    Yep, certain apps have it as part of their permissions to use your mic. Then they listen for certain keywords and will use that for ads and target based marketing.
     
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    Yes. Specifically with iOS (probably Android too), if you give an app microphone permission it can "listen" while the app is backgrounded. But you can completely revoke an app's microphone access in Settings.

    It's not Apple that's listening. It's Facebook or Snapchat or whatever app has permission and has something implemented to do it.
     
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    Man i thought only android apps did it, mine did it the other day i had a friend that kept talking about the new play station steering wheel and pedals i dont even own a ps4 and never searched for it on my ph or pc but sure enough it started putting it in ads. If definitely listens, thats for sure.
     
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    I am surprised that this is not a more well known thing. There is no privacy anymore. If you have any smart device, camera, phone, smart tv, etc in your home... it is or can be monitored via audio/video and meta data for a multitude of reasons. Generally it is to target ads though. Big brother is here... its been here for years... and we gave up our right to privacy with it. :dunno:
     
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    The thing I find most ridiculous is that people are paying to put these spy devices in their homes!

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