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You’re not paranoid: Your phone really is listening in

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TODAY

The
scene plays out like a thriller: You pull out your phone, and you see
an ad for AirPods. Wait a minute, you think. Didn’t I just have a
conversation about AirPods with my friend? Like, a real conversation,
spoken aloud? Is my phone … listening to me? Why, yes, it probably
is. When you use your default settings, everything you say may be
recorded through your device’s onboard microphone. While there’s
been no concrete evidence, many Americans believe their phones
routinely collect their voice data and use it for marketing purposes.
As a “prime” example, tap or click here to see what Amazon does
with the voice data it harvests and how you can stop Alexa from
listening. Your phone isn’t the only device that’s watching and
listening to you. The FBI warns hackers can take over your smart TV
if you don’t secure it

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