“A couple years ago, something strange happened. A friend and I were sitting at a bar, iPhones in pockets, discussing our recent trips in Japan and how we’d like to go back. The very next day, we both received pop-up ads on Facebook about cheap return flights to Tokyo. It seemed like just a spooky coincidence, but then everyone seems to have a story about their smartphone listening to them. So is this just paranoia, or are our smartphones actually listening?”
“According to Dr. Peter Hannay—The senior security consultant for cybersecurity firm Asterisk, and former lecturer and researcher at Edith Cowan University—the short answer is yes, but perhaps in a way that’s not as diabolical as it sounds.”
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Facebook’s vehement denials that they spy on people through their cellphones is complete hairsplitting. Facebook has data sharing partnerships with dozens of third party vendors, which allows Facebook to technically deny direct spying.
The same goes for Google and other tech giants that rely on customer data for targeted ads.