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  • Your phone is not secretly spying on your conversations. It doesn’t need to.

    Recode - 07/23/2018

    On the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, Recode’s Kara Swisher talked with Northeastern University researchers Christo Wilson and David Choffnes about a popular online conspiracy theory: Smartphones are secretly turning on their microphones to record conversations and serve us more targeted ads. Wilson and Choffnes just completed a year-long investigation into 17,000 of the most popular Android apps; they concluded that we provide so much info about ourselves through other means that can explain ads that feel eerily well-targeted to our lives.

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