FTC warns developers of apps that silently use smartphone microphones to spy on TV viewing habits

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#1

We’ve just posted the following news: FTC warns developers of apps that silently use smartphone microphones to spy on TV viewing habits[newsimage]http://www.myce.com/wp-content/images_posts/2016/03/silverpush-95x75.png[/newsimage]

The American Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has sent a warning letter to 12 developers of Android apps that monitor TV viewing habits using the microphone of the mobile phone. Data gathered by the apps is sold to third parties for ad targeting or analytics.

            Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/ftc-warns-developers-apps-silently-use-smartphone-microphones-spy-tv-viewing-habits-78892/](http://www.myce.com/news/ftc-warns-developers-apps-silently-use-smartphone-microphones-spy-tv-viewing-habits-78892/)

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#2

From the story, I understand that the SilverPush software has been installed without the user’s consent and I wonder if there will be any privacy left at all in a while if they could ‘POSSIBLY’ be violating the law by doing so… :confused:

The individual citizen of this planet is in dire need for for a change regarding privacy rights as a whole. How about a little respect :Z


#3

I’m glad that someone in law enforcement is doing something for user privacy. In this day and age, it almost seems that spyware is 100% legal. After all, major name brands that write and distribute it are able to get away with their crimes against human rights with absolutely no criminal charges. Advertising companies need to be brought to justice for once.