It appears that, only in the USA for the moment, Facebook could be listening in on people’s conversations all of the time.
Kelli Burns, mass communication professor at the University of South Florida, has warned that the Facebook app might be using people’s phones to gather data on what they are talking about.
Indeed Facebook has admitted that its USA app app does listen to what’s happening around it, but "only" as a way of seeing what people are listening to or watching and suggesting that they post about it.
Professor Burns has said that the tool appears to be using the audio it gathers not simply to help out users, but might be doing so to listen in to discussions and serve them with relevant advertising. She says that to test the feature, she discussed certain topics around the phone and then found that the site appeared to show relevant ads.
Mobile phones, TVs and other electronic gadgets (eg dolls) are being fitted with systems that monitor what people say. Are we really so naive to think that this is a harmless "gizmo" and that corporations (and others) won't misuse the data that they collect?
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