Various users across the web have claimed that something fishy is going on with their phones.They believe that smartphone microphones are being used to record what they say, with the information used to better target Google ads You might think you're smart enough to dodge manipulative advertisements -- and maybe you are smart enough -- but what about children? It sounds unlikely, but the anecdotal evidence is quite compelling.The application is used for keeping a family connected but also for ensuring that children remain safe and that loved ones are not in need of help or assistance.With the software activated, parents can locate any mobile cell phone device that is on a T-Mobile 4G network.My SO and I were having a chat and I was telling her about a new Nespresso shop that opened up in the city and how nicely designed it was.
This one, about a user noticing Google ads for everything he discussed with his wife, is particularly interesting, although too long to reproduce here.
Thanks to this innovative technology, parents are now put in a position of power, where they can be proactive in the protection of the children while they are out and about in the world.
The T-Mobile Family Where Locator Phone software is one that allows members to track other family members and loved ones from a cell phone device.
A few days later, I’d forgotten about this, until I noticed that after leaving my phone at my mum’s house, a bunch of new shows appeared in Google Now, along with the legend “Because of your interest in this show”.
You’ll see two examples above: on the left, It won’t surprise you to learn that I don’t share the same taste in TV shows as my mum.To prove that other apps could be stealing data captured through your smartphone’s microphone, cybersecurity expert Ken Munro developed – with the help of David Lodge from Pen Test Partners – an app that would record what was being said in the vicinity of a phone, and display it on a PC monitor.“All we did was use the existing functionality of Google Android – we chose it because it was a little easier for us to develop in.” “We gave ourselves permission to use the microphone on the phone, set up a listening server on the internet, and everything that microphone heard on that phone, wherever it was in the world, came to us and we could then have sent back customized ads.”David Lodge went on to explain that much of the code was already available either within the OS or in the public domain, and it seems the experiment was achieved with minimal battery drain on the device.