I'm not sure whether you're boasting or confessing, but imo you're wilfully crippling your participation in today's world.TG, I won't let such "devices" into the house!
Very rarely use my Android phone, all but one of the laptops & tablets (haven't used mine for a long time and can't find it now!) have tape over the cameras and most have fairly strong ad/tracker blockers, the TV is a recent LG without a camera (don't know about the audio side!), the car's an old one with no internet connections - nowhere near perfect, but "I'm really trying" to avoid all that "intrusive listening".
Weak areas appear to be the audio side of the laptops and maybe the TV, and my wife's phone and tablet (she uses that a lot for FB Messenger and so on, and feels very isolated now we are in Tier 2 and so I won't do anything to those).
Don't feel I can really agree with you on this.Plenty Governments around the world do it.
Exactly.It's human nature. We see hundreds or thousands of adverts a day without a second thought. If we see one we were talking about earlier in the day, it instantly springs to mind.
Yup. The government are proper snooping.FWIW I get ads about Tinnitus on Instagram too. I don't use Siri or Alexa or Google Assistant - not because I'm particularly bothered about privacy - just my experience of Siri is it's not very useful
As others have said Alexa is always listening and sometimes other people are too.
As to the discussion about the Government listening in - a while back I read a paper Wired(?) article about monitoring and recording "everything".
It's not that law enforcement/security services proactively monitor everyone - though they monitor some people who they consider a danger - but a lot of information is routinely recorded by your ISP and phone provider etc.
When the arrest someone for organised crime or terror related offence, they go through their data and identify the people they've been interacting with, then they go back through their data and identify where they've been and who they've been interacting with... picking up one potential criminal can open up loads of lines of enquiry.
It presumably also flags up people they know who aren't criminals, like their plumber, pizza delivery company or the parents of their kids' friends who are also snooped through.
The main bone of contention with this is who has access and why.
I've read articles about councils using powers designed to investigate terrorists being used to try and catch people sending their kids to schools they're out of catchment for.
A family has won a landmark legal ruling that council officials acted illegally in spying on them to check they were living in the right school catchment area.www.independent.co.uk
Then there's illegal access. If you've ever googled an ex or looked them up on Facebook out of random curiosity then I can see why people how are tempted to do the same thing in more confidential databases.
Most of the more recent articles on illegal access to official records are paywalled but here are a couple.
Maybe he watched this The Social Dilemma | Netflix Official SiteI'm wondering if some of this, other than coincidence is down to the access/permissions certain apps have, and you have granted them on your phone.
I'm sure many of us who follow updates to the OS on phones have seen the recent improvements where you can select to stop mostly social media apps from having access to aspects of your device even when they are not running.
Perhaps an app like facebook was still able to gather some microphone input due to it running in the background?
I've never been able to cause ads to come up by simply talking, and deliberately repeating the name of a product whilst being near my phone, pc, tablets, cameras, smartspeakers.
I have a mate who's nuts about this.
He genuinely believes Google, Amazon, Apple actually employ people so sit there and listen to all the smart devices they have sold to spy on you 24 hours a day.
Can you even imagine the impracticality of something like that? It's bizarre to even think something like that is happening.