The fear is inevitable: do these big multinationals are using their mobile phones to secretly listen to what users say?
The issue has been raised several times, in forums and in the press, and companies categorically deny this possibility.
A few years ago, in a statement to the BBC, mathematics professor David Hand, author of a book on coincidences, argued that these cases do not go beyond this: “This apparent coincidence happens and we think there has to be an explanation, it can not be but there are so many opportunities for this coincidence to happen.
If you think of something that has a small chance of happening and give you enough opportunities to happen, that will inevitably happen.
But having a microphone listening is not inconceivable. In a patent application released this month, Facebook describes a technology so that an advertisement transmitted on a computer or television may include an inaudible sound for humans but capable of activating a recorder on the on-site users’ phone in order to understand how they are reactions to advertising.
A vice president of Facebook told Engadget that this system “will never be” used and that the patent was asked to prevent other companies from doing so.
Different is the posture of the body that generates football in Spain. Liga de Fútbol has created an application for fans to follow the World Cup.
But it has more or less hidden functionality: it detects when the users are in a public place and analyzes the sound environment, to identify the sites that are transmitting games without authorization.
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