In the old days, it used to be a big deal for listening devices or bugs to be placed into your home. Here is a clip from the movie Charlie Wilson’s War where a CIA agent placed a bug onto a bottle of scotch given to Senator Charlie Wilson.
Charlie Wilson gets all offended that his conversations were spied upon.
Today we each have multiple listening devices in our home, car or carry around. We pay for the privilege of using them. Voicebot had a consumer survey that found those who are very concerned about privacy risks posed by smart speakers were only 16 percent less likely to own one than the general public.
These are smartphones, smartwatches, fitness watches, voice assistants, laptops, tablets and many toys and other gadgets.
There have been many reports that Amazon and Google record and using recordings from Voice assistants beyond the tasks that consumers intend. There are reports that cameras are activated on laptops without informing the users.
Google says it only turns on and begins recording when you utter the words “OK Google”. It was reported OK was enough to turn on recording. The voice assistant devices are always listening. It is likely the NSA and CIA are at least as good as ordinary hackers. The NSA has $10 billion per year budget and the CIA $2 billion per year digital intelligence budget. They clearly have backdoors to get video and audio from any internet or networked listening device and sensors.
The microphones on laptops and other devices can be activated or are already activated.
Voice to text apps are trivial and free now. The Otter app is very good at text to speech.
Parents can install apps on their childrens smartphones to monitor all activity on their phones. It would clearly be trivial for large tech companies and government agencies to perform such monitoring on a wide scale.
We know we are being spied upon but we just cannot quit them.
SOURCES- Voicebot, Charlie Wilson’s War
Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com
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