Your phone IS listening to everything and everyone within range of its microphone

https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/wjbzzy/your-phone-is-listening-and-its-not-paranoia Another reason to leave your phone locked in the glove compartment of your car. Furbys were banned from various gov agencies because they would record and repeat what they heard. Your phone is doing that now, recording but worse, relaying that information to advertisers and other parties. Short of physically disconnecting the microphone wires […]

Is an AI calling you == Robocall?

Should realistic computer generated calls be regulated? https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/05/08/a-google-program-can-pass-as-a-human-on-the-phone-should-it-be-required-to-tell-people-its-a-machine/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c92ecc54723c New AI based callers from google and others, are so good they can fool humans. If they are then able to do this (from the article): a scene from the TV show “The Office,” in which a scheming assistant to the regional manager, Dwight Schrute, makes 50 […]

“Do Not Call” List and Protecting Your Real Phone Number

The Federal Trade Commission runs the USA “do not call” registry.   Sign up to reduce marketing calls to your phone: https://donotcall.gov/ To find information (FAQ = frequently asked questions), this site has a nice clear description: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0108-national-do-not-call-registry. It might be easy to be cynical about the usefulness of such a registry for honest telemarketers, since […]