January 3, 2018
Hundreds of Android apps covertly use your phone’s microphone to listen in on your TV habits, a new report has found.
More than 250 games on the Google Play Store, some of which are for children, were found to use software that documents the TV adverts and shows you watch.
The information is collected even when the apps are not running and is sold on to advertisers for ad targeting and analysis.
According to a new New York Times report, more than 250 games on the Google Play Store use the software.
Created by San Francisco firm Alphonso, the programme listens for audio signals in TV adverts and shows through the smartphone’s microphone.
The software even detects sounds while stored in a pocket if the apps are running in the background.
This article was posted: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 8:49 am