Sunday, September 25, 2022

Beware: Smart devices in your home are listening to you


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

Alexa, Google and Siri raise a lot of concerns about privacy with smart devices at home . The microphone picks up sounds, noise, whispers, conversations and confessions. Think of everything you say in a private space. All the strange things you do, once you’ve saved these sounds, Data, editing, processing and sharing between parties that you do not know.

The smartphones can obey everything you have, but at the same time you can transfer everything about you to a programmer in a city you’ve never heard of before.

Because many smart devices collect personal data from us, it begs the question: What do data collectors use with all this information stored in the devices? What is the importance of the initial statistics of our lives for the likes of Google, Apple or Amazon?

Collecting and storing all these files requires a lot of effort, and how worried we are that technology giants are storing such a day-to-day intelligence?

Remember that personal data can be misused or stolen, no matter how important they are, but why: This is what we need to know.

In general, developers say these data points help their smart devices work better. You may feel comfortable about it, or it may be strange, but many hope to do what they say they do, which is to improve technology and make our lives easier and more enjoyable.

This data can be used to target you with ads, as well as to determine things like how much you pay for insurance, whether you’re likely to be a good employee, and other things you did not expect might be collecting data from you.

It is now common to receive promotion calls from banks, stores, insurance, loan agents or sometimes from network providers, if you ask them, where did they get your number then the reply would be ” They have the data in the system”.

Read also: 200 Play Store applications threaten personal user data

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