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Facebook downplays “ambient audio” tech that can eavesdrop on you

29/06/2018

At least two Facebook patents describe listening to users’ TVs. Facebook says it will “never” deploy the technique, but other firms are using similar methods. Amid persistent rumors that Facebook is spying on you through your phone’s microphone—rumors that the company has denied...
At least two Facebook patents describe listening to users’ TVs. Facebook says it will “never” deploy the technique, but other firms are using similar methods. Amid persistent rumors that Facebook is spying on you through your phone’s microphone—rumors that the company has denied since at least 2016–reports emerged this week that the company has applied for a patent on technology that listens to “ambient audio” to detect what you’re watching on TV.Read Full Story At least two Facebook patents describe listening to users’ TVs. Facebook says it will “never” deploy the technique, but other firms are using similar methods. Amid persistent rumors that Facebook is spying on you through your phone’s microphone—rumors that the company has denied since at least 2016–reports emerged this week that the company has applied for a patent on technology that listens to “ambient audio” to detect what you’re watching on TV.Read Full Story
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