Is Your Phone Listening to You?
Justin Duino / How-To Geek
We hear it all the time: “I swear my phone is listening to me because I just saw this ad about the exact thing I was just talking about.” Online ads undeniably have a way of promoting the same products and services we talk (and think) about. So is your phone really spying on your conversations?
Your Phone Isn’t Listening to You; It’s Worse Than That
No, your phone is not recording your conversations and uploading them to some remote server to be analyzed for generating ads that are then beamed back to your phone. Yes, it’s hard to believe that’s not happening, considering how creepily relevant some ads can seem. Nonetheless, we can assure you the reason is not your phone spying on your conversations—at least not your voice conversations.
Now, technically, it’s true that virtual assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant will record clips of audio when you use their wake words, and at least some of the time, upload those clips so specialists can refine those assistants’ responses. Sometimes background conversations end up recorded…
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