Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Listening in...

Have you ever had a conversation and then, coincidentally the subject of your chatter comes up in an ad on Instagram or Facebook?  This happens to me all the time and one of my co-workers insists that "they" are always listening via our smart phones.  Who is "they"? I asked and she had lots of ideas, some of which made sense but the whole thing seemed unlikely.

Fast forward many months and I started seeing this when I signed on to my Capital One app...


I thought it was funny because everyone calls me that and didn't think too much beyond being amused.  When this subject came up again, Helen showed me her phone.  Her same Capital One app said this...


Her sister calls her Helen Helen Watermelon.  She is the only person that says that and is usually on speakerphone in conversation.  Coincidence?  It's too much!

I did a quick google search and so much came up on this topic...


Google says that Facebook, Instagram and others use the microphone in your phone to listen to conversations.  You can adjust the settings on your phone under Privacy to disconnect these apps from using the microphone on your phone.  They do this for advertising purposes but it is a little creepy.

Watch what you say near your phone!
Xoxo, kp

2 comments:

Unknown said...

KP, Thank you so much for this information!!! I love you and your blog!!

Beverly said...

That's scary! Thanks for sharing...