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Many applications can listen to you - check if you have given permission to use your phone's microphone
Some apps can use the microphone to targeted advertising.The apps ask permission to use the microphone. MOSTPHOTOS

Story first published 10.1.2018.

Facebook is accused of periodically tapping. Last October, the company advertising the corresponding Rod Goldman reported that Facebook use the phone's microphones to target your ads.

however, This does not mean that other apps could do it. The New York Times reported that Alphonso-the name of the enterprise software applications using can use the phone's microphones in the TV ads and programmes to listen to. The company may, based on this data also connects you to places you've been.

the New York Times found more than 250 games, who used Alphonson software. Games was Google Play store and the Apple App Store.

Although this is not entirely the same thing as accusations of Facebook, to prove Alphonson program, that the ”wiretapping” is possible. This is likely to increase the conspiracy theories about Facebook.

Better ads

Alphonson the program is not designed to record a persons conversation, to tell the New York Times. Programs use the application for listening to audio signals from the TV in order to gather information about a person's viewing habits. This information again can be sold to advertisers.

for Example, in the Google Play store to find software to use Honey Quest -game in the additional information are mentioned like this:

”the Program receives short-lasting sound samples of the device through the microphone. Microphone is used only when it can be a user's permission, not the voice samples of the source of the phone, but they do voice signals. Audio signals compared to the advertising content, which your tv will. If the audio signal to find a match, Tyler can use the information to provide more suitable ads laiteeseesi.”

Companies have already previously warned about this type of interception, because it can violate privacy. Today, Google and Apple even the most demanding applications providers to indicate if they use the phone's microphone. Another thing again is, pay are the users attention to what they agree to. Children can accept more without thinking about the request to get quickly into the game.

Check permission

your Phone you can easily check what licence applications have been given. However, remember that some apps may require that you allow microphone use, or they do not work.

Go to Iphone settings and choose privacy settings under the microphone settings. Now you can see which apps have permission to use the microphone. You can turn now off if you prefer.

If you have an Android phone, click settings applications. Select your application, you can see what promise it is given. You can remove this through the use of the authorisation as well as control notifications, where an app comes in.

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