So this post was inspired by something that happened to my husband this past week. He picked up a 12-pack of water at the gas station because yes, we are too snobby to drink faucet water. When he got home he flipped open his iPad and discovered he was getting targeted ads for water. Though I’m still researching why this happened to him, I came across something interesting. Our phones are spying on us and it’s actually legal.
What the hell Hot Mess? How do you know this?
I know this because I Googled it.
Did you think I went to my set of encyclopedias for info like this? I haven’t had encyclopedias since I was a child. For those of you born after the internet, encyclopedias are books…..OMG…I have to go deeper into my explanation. Ok stay with me. A book is made of paper and is bound together usually by glue or thread. Once you’ve completed reading one page, you turn it over and read the back of the page. You do this till you get to the last page. A set of encyclopedias was our internet. It had as much info as the writers knew at the time of publishing.
So from my understanding, there is a software associated with many, many popular apps called Alphonso. When you download an app and grant it permission to your microphone, this software will listen to your surroundings to see what you are watching on tv. They then sell this info to advertisers. This in turns is the reason why you may see more targeted ads on your phone.
Tell Your Phone to Stop Being Nosy!
If you don’t want this software taking audio snippets of you binge watching Shitt’s Creek, 3 times in a week (I will not confirm or deny that I am talking about myself), quietly under the covers while your spouse sleeps, here’s what you do. When you download any apps and it asks for permission to your microphone, JUST SAY NO!
Here’s how to revoke the microphone permission for existing apps:
Go to settings –> Apps & Notifications –> Microphone ->Slide off any that are currently on
Go to settings –> Privacy
But if you like the whole wide world to know your business then have at it. I’m not one to judge!