We are all collecting personal stories about our cell phones that should make us all feel paranoid about what is going on. Just the other day, a friend was talking to her grandson about the Illuminati and today her Facebook feed is full of postings about the same. Coincidence? When you read this article, you will discover that it most unlikely was not just by chance.
As Written and Reported By Joseph Curl for the Daily Wire:
Everyone has a story. Like my daughter, Kelsey, who said a while back she was talking to her boyfriend on her cellphone, asking him to pick up some NyQuil on his way home. Hours later, there were ads on her Facebook page for . . . NyQuil.
Coincidence? Nuh uh. Phones have microphones and they can be turned on by different applications at nearly any time. Worse, you’ve agreed to let them do it (in those interminable terms of service agreements no one ever reads).
The BBC last year ran a great story — “Is your phone listening in? Your stories” — compiling a slew of anecdotes, like this one: “My fiancee and I both had wedding ads the day after we got engaged, before we had told anyone.”
Now, Sam Nichols at Vice has written a great piece subtitled “Here’s how I got to bottom of the ads-coinciding-with-conversations mystery.” In it, Nichols breaks it down simply, with insights from Dr. Peter Hannay, the senior security consultant for cybersecurity firm Asterisk and former lecturer and researcher at Edith Cowan University.
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 …..
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