Why snooping on phone users is no longer a crime against privacy but just a fun feature!

By Dark Politricks:

I have only just read an article in computerworld.com which is a couple of months old that talks about how the microphone on your phone is being used by iPhone and Android Applications to listen into you and uses voice recognition and general sounds to determine content as well as advertising material for the user.

These ‘features’ which many people may find useful or amusing have devastating consequences once you realise that:

a) The majority of people carry their phones around with them all the time. A permanent tracking device if you will.

b) Children growing up in today’s world have little idea of what privacy actually means and many young people today don’t value the concept of personal privacy as highly as they should. For those of us old enough to remember a time before mobile phones, Facebook facial recognition and Google ties with the NSA watching people chose to hand over every minute detail of their life willingly to advertisers and the government is quite a shock. If you allow yourself to be watched, listened to and spied on for fun then it becomes increasingly hard to prevent the Government or others from doing so for more nefarious reasons.

c) SchoolsSearch Engines, the Policeadvertisers and the government have all recently been caught out spying on citizens without warrant or reason and for non government agencies often without permission. Technology such as that outlined in this article only makes it easier for people to commit hacking offences such as the recent News of the World voice-mail hacking scandal.

If we allow this to continue then as I said in a recent article we are literally sleep walking into a surveillance society by consent just because we find certain iPhone and Android applications fun to use or want to catch up with school friends on Facebook.

Remember what we actually know is only a small percentage of what is actually possible.

Consumers buy products and applications that make use of technologies that have been available to the military for many years, even decades before.

If this kind of technology is already being used by common garden iPhone and Android application developers just imagine what the NSA can already do with their multi billion dollar a year budget and cream of the crop IT development team.

From the computerworld.com article.

Computerworld – Cellphone users say they want more privacy, and app makers are listening.

No, they’re not listening to user requests. They’re literally listening to the sounds in your office, kitchen, living room and bedroom.

A new class of smartphone app has emerged that uses the microphone built into your phone as a covert listening device — a “bug,” in common parlance.

But according to app makers, it’s not a bug. It’s a feature!

The apps use ambient sounds to figure out what you’re paying attention to. It’s the next best thing to reading your mind.

Read the full article at computerworld.com


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