Spooking smart phone listening/tracking

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  1. TheGoodTexan

    TheGoodTexan Moderator Staff Member Ad Free Member

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    I started a thread about a year ago regarding my wife's phone obviously listening to her conversations. The short of it was that it would offer her unsolicited directions to places that she had talked about in a phone conversation earlier in the day.

    I turned "Her Siri" off... and that sort of helped, but weird stuff would still happen from time to time.

    Just now, we were standing in our front yard talking to the neighbors about... of all things... sausage. My wife names the brand and style of sausage that we've been eating a lot of lately - Aidells Pineapple & Bacon chicken sausage. (If you have not tried it... wow is it good stuff.)

    About 10 minutes later we're back in the house. She takes her phone out of her pocket and opens Facebook. She exclaimed, "Oh my... this is freaky," and turned her phone around to show me the first thing popped up... an advertisement with the following picture:

    SmokedChickenSausage PineappleBacon_WoodBackground_800x600.jpg
     
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    I’ve suspected that for awhile now. I’m not really happy about it either.
     
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    that is creepy as hell. glad I don't have a cellphone.
     
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  5. Endless Mike

    Endless Mike Friend of Leo's

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    My wife has noticed this with her phone for at least two years. At first we chalked it up to coincidence, but it went of for too long, and with too much specificity to be coincidence. Not only did it cause specific ads to pop up, but it also came up when using a search engine. We'd be discussing something (we discuss some fairly arcane and esoteric subjects) and she'd go to look something up related to the conversation, it would only take one or two letters and it will auto-populate the search bar with specific terms from what we were discussing.

    We live in a surveillance society now. That's how it is. Don't like it, but it's the reality we live in. I just do what I can to minimize my being a subject of it.
     
  6. brokenbones

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    This is common when you allow certain apps to access your microphone. It can be changed in the app's settings. Easy fix.

    What would be spookier is if you were an automated bot trying to sell sausages on a forum.

    -do-do-do-do-
     
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    Chunkocaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    I disable the internet on my phones when I get them. My next phone will have real buttons and no touch screen.
     
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    I was speaking to my wife about going by "Franks" on my way into work to get status on some machined parts we need. Frank owns XYZ Machine and I never mentioned XYZ Machine. I get in my car and my phone informs me that it is 18 minutes to XYZ Machine and suggest an alternate route..... AI will have humanity by the short hairs if it decides we are no longer required, just sayin'.... This happened two weeks ago.
     
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    boredguy6060 Friend of Leo's

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    A while back when we had ads running down the right side of the screen, I was talking to someone here about a guitar and before we were done conversing, every ad slot was filled with ads for this guitar.
    I don’t know how it’s done, but it’s kinda creepy knowing that you’re being monitored constantly for sales opportunities.
     
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    If you have something like Siri on or ever once given Facebook, Google Chrome or Maps, Twitter or whatever access to the mic.. Yes.

    The voice responsive features have to be constantly listening for trigger phrases or words, any useful non trigger words are still captured and can be processed by a range of apps with mic access that have permission. Cross site cookies make sure you can say something in one place to see the results appears in another place.
     
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    Yes. It's important to turn mic access off for as many apps as possible. I have always used Samsung smart 'phones and have for the past few years turned off Google mic access (Google Assistant seemed to be always listening) and now have the hated Bixby disabled as well.
     
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    There have been a TON of cases of those settings being purely placebo. Just about every app that collects any form of data has been outed as continuing to collect after those settings were turned off. Same deal with location information. I don't like to have my tinfoil hat on, but sometimes I gotta.
     
  13. TheGoodTexan

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    This is our experience.

    I’ve checked my wife’s phone for these types of setting for well over a year now. Everything that doesn’t need to be on, is off. And I even turned a bunch of apps off for cellular operation... so they’re set for WiFi only, meaning that they shouldn’t operate while she’s driving.

    Yet these odd ball things continue to happen.
     
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    Big brother is watching all the time....don't get a smart TV, it gets even more weird!
     
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    I heard a news report on why the US was hesitant to allow the gen5 phones to be imported and a lot of it had to do with ‘active monitoring’.
     
  16. jondanger

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    This kind of technology requires that we eliminate the human tendency towards evil, and I fear we're not there yet.
     
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    i dont have any social media or forums i use linked on my phone...my phone is used as a phone and mp3 player...gps also which ties in to maps...or ill do a search...youtube is there but i hardly watch it on my phone...its all tied to google...which i dont like...but it is what it is
     
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    There should be a physical off switch for cameras and mikes. As for Smart TVs I just got one. I ll be removing the mike and camera if there is one since they aren t needed. It ll be just a computer video monitor.
     
  20. Chunkocaster

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    Everyone should enable all the voice, tracking etc and overload the system by placing phones, smart tv's, tablets etc next to 24/7 reruns of 70's sitcoms with lots of non pc content and old outdated advertising campaigns.:twisted:
     
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