Myth or Reality: Is Our Tech Listening?

Are you concerned about your tech listening to you?

  • 94.9k
    LeslieG
    Voted Maybe
    04/17/2024

     Technology can't "listen". 

    All it does is a text search of key words that it can then match with ads categorized by key words.

    Since I read information sources across the spectrum I get all sorts of contradictory targeted ads.

    Today I had to unsubscribe text messages from Trump and the GOP. I've also unsubscribed a whole bunch of Dem candidates with access to the Dem list.

    Don't know why politicians think they can take over my text messaging which I reserve for family, friends, medical providers, banks and credit card confirmations, 2 step security validation, etc.

    I don't want my important communications buried in a bunch of political junk texts.

  • 26.2k
    Frank_001
    Voted Yes
    04/17/2024

    We need legislation that mandates strong privacy control over each and every Social Media Platform and Shopping Website.

     

  • 8,043
    larubia
    04/17/2024

    Technology is a double edged sword. While it can and has made our lives easier, it has also made us dependent and open to spam, smishing, phishing, malware, tracking, ransomware, fraud, cyber bullying, etc. 

     

    Best thing we & Congress can do is to protect ourselves from known threats. Tik Tok is one example. Congress is trying to get the Chinese government out of Tik Tok, yet there are all kinds of US citizens fighting to keep their app? 

    I guess screw national security as long as I can watch my videos?

     

    BTW, we shouldn't have to give up anything or force Tik Tok to sell. Can't someone, ANYONE, in the USA develop our own Tik Tok???

     

    We have solutions. We just need to have the motivation to keep people safe. Congress?

  • 6,716
    Bruce
    Voted No
    04/18/2024

    I'm certain that certain complex electronics could possibly listen.  

    But expansive surveillance of a U.S. population of more than 330 Million people is impossible.  Even if it were possible analysis and selection of those to be analyzed would be impossible even using Artificial Intelligence.  The sheer volume of information available without using surveillance technology means there is not much reason to waste any time or money on mass surveillance.  

  • 26.2k
    Frank_001
    Voted Yes
    04/17/2024

    As the lede concludes we need to take some steps to at least reduce tracking our online activities:

    Always be mindful of the information you share online.

    • Use a Private Browsing Mode: Most browsers offer a private browsing mode (Incognito mode in Google Chrome, Private Window in Firefox and Safari) which doesn’t store your browsing history, cookies, or search history.

    • Enable Do Not Track: You can enable the ‘Do Not Track’ option in your browser settings. This sends a request to websites asking them not to track your browsing behavior.

    • Block Third-Party Cookies: Third-party cookies are often used for tracking and advertising purposes. You can block these in your browser settings. When visiting many sites we are asked about Cookie preferences always pick reject all. 

    • Use a VPN: A Virtual Private Network (VPN) can hide your IP address and location, making it harder for sites to track you. This often requires a fee. 

    • Use Browser Extensions: There are several browser extensions available that can help prevent tracking. Examples include Privacy Badger, Ghostery, and uBlock Origin.

    • Regularly Clear Cookies: Cookies can store information about your browsing habits, so regularly clearing them can help prevent tracking. This is a very old method and requires a certain degree of discipline. 

    • Use a Privacy-Focused Browser: Browsers like Brave and Tor are designed with privacy as a priority and offer built-in features to prevent tracking.

    • Unfortunately, while these steps can help reduce tracking, they will not completely prevent it.

    • Demand Congress to enact Privacy Legislation.

     

     

  • 48.8k
    Brian
    Voted Maybe
    04/18/2024

    I am concerned about how much tech hears and who else can hear it, and I wish we had better control over that. 

    I don't know that any of these companies have enough employees listening to every word I say or that it's stored, but I do wish we knew more about that.

  • 2,418
    Martha
    04/18/2024

    I don't know that our phones are listening to us, but technology today and in the future does reduce our privacy and allows companies to manipulate us more and more.  I am deeply concerned about the problems that AI can cause via altered images/speech that shows people doing or saying things they haven't done/said.  This altering of reality is deeply disturbing and will only make our world more dangerous to live in.  When you can't trust what you read or hear it's too easy to fall for lies/misinfo.which can lead to disasterous consequences.

  • 34
    qservices
    Voted No
    04/18/2024

    While working for AI and web development, I find it difficult to make this technology such efficient to listen to our every conversation. However in future maybe my stance on the latter subject might change But to this day I don't belive in this. for me it very uncertain. I have done research on Automation as well worked for cognitive tools for Oil and gas industry. u can check the pros and cons of AI or communication in a specific industry at https://www.qservicesit.com/reduce-reporting-delays-in-customer-service-with-azure-cognitive-services/

  • 1,393
    Steve
    Voted Yes
    05/02/2024

    Our government does absolutely nothing to regulate the daily invasion of privacy commited by Microsoft, Google, Facebook and all the other hyper-tech entities. Why are we paying our representatives?

  • 478
    Jeffery
    Voted Yes
    04/24/2024

    Edward Snowden gave a glimpse on our corrupt government that was stockpiling information on it's citizens.  Don't think for a minute anything has changed. 

    The alphabet agencies run unsupervised and have made our country that much worse in each passing hour. 

    Think for a moment back in 1964 when a young President was not going to stay in Southeast Asia, pull the advisors out and disband the CIA.  That is some powerful enemies. 

    The CIA has done nothing but start conflicts along with regime change toppling democratic elected officials.  I can list all the countries that the CIA has interfered with and the lists would be long and distinguished. 

    The CIA was in the drug trade so they could get more money for their black ops. 

    The cesspool in Washington DC will get bigger and deeper.  Don't look for your elected officials to do squat. 

    It's all based on a need to know and as patsy voters you don't have the need to know. 

  • 2
    Gareth
    Voted Yes
    04/22/2024

    Tech access should be by consent and AI algorithyms need to access personal data via a consensus mechanism. Web3 and blockchain SSI is one way to tackle privacy of data and access rights. 

  • 852
    Carolyn
    Voted No
    04/22/2024

    I have nothing to hide.  Let it listen away.  It will be bored.  

  • 3,960
    Jean
    Voted Maybe
    04/20/2024

    CAUSES ASKS: "Are you concerned about your tech listening to you?" 

    ME:  Maybe ... which is why my tech is limited to laptop with maybe one "ap" (jigsaw puzzles), "dumb" TV, and always off "dumb" cell phone (it only makes/takes emergency calls).  No "smart" refrigerator; no robo vacuum; no "smart" car with GPS; etc.  While I'm not exactly a Luddite, I do (having watched the tech explosion over my lifetime) have an inherent distrust of excessive technology, and (after exposure of Israel's use of AI to target a massive number of Palestinian civilians) where it's headed.  I'd prefer Big Brother to NOT be watching me. 

  • 1,401
    John
    Voted Yes
    04/19/2024

    I know some "smart" televsions have the ability to eveaves drop on their users.  I think this is something that should be controlled. 

  • 103
    Samuel
    Voted Maybe
    04/19/2024

    While it technically may not be "listening" it does monitor searches and written conversations or inquiries on the net. You then get ads about those things. Big Brother is watching us. Today to sell us stuff. Tomorrow who knows?

  • 606
    Arnold
    Voted No
    04/19/2024

    Thats the least of our problems.

  • 3,709
    Kevin
    Voted Yes
    04/19/2024

    Transparency is of great importance.

  • 1,017
    Harry
    Voted Yes
    04/19/2024

    All phones should have a camera and microphone off switch that is absolite unless owner makes a call or receives one.

  • 1,022
    Deemax
    Voted Yes
    04/18/2024

    absolutely 

  • 3,360
    Steph
    Voted Maybe
    04/18/2024

    I don't have a cell phone so I do not have this concern.    I DO have a Google Home though, and it DOES listen as it often comments when I am talking to my cats or myself!

     

    Anyone listening in is going to think I am totally insane!

  • 5,211
    Adam
    Voted Maybe
    04/18/2024

    It's always a little creepy when I have a conversation with someone and something we mention gets emailed to me by Amazon saying "We have something we think you'll like."

    That said, I know for a fact that my tech is listening to me because I have an Echo speaker (Alexa) whose job it is to actually listen to me. So it's not like I'm not inviting it.

  • 1,178
    Donna
    Voted Yes
    04/18/2024

    Is your tech listening to you, absolutely YES! If it wasn't catching your moves, then how could it ask you, "How was Meijers today?" My phone does that all the time, after I have stopped at a store. They also aske me to rate the stores I've stopped at! Apparently my rights don't matter! Then again, I also have to ask how so many candidates have gotten my info to contact me. We The People are caught because to do anything on the internet, we have to use these sites! It's time for Congress to really limit, information sharing on every level! Then they need to see that it's enforced! The Federal Do Not Call means nothing now! VOIP is horrible! This too needs legislation! I also wonder what happened to our Anti-Trust laws, child labor laws, and voting laws described in 4 Amendments of the Constitution! Republican led states are violating these Amendments now! Worse, our Supreme Court isn't ruling in accordance with the Constitution either, & many of these Justices need to be impeached for poor behavior, which includes violating the Constitution by approving Citizens United, voting laws in GOP led states, which hamper voting for certain groups of people. I also want to know why Trump isn't in jail, for threatening Judges and their families that are handling his cases.  

  • 1,879
    Dawn
    Voted No
    04/18/2024

    I don't care if someone is listening because I don't do or talk about anything bad

  • 1,305
    anihundt
    Voted Yes
    04/18/2024

    I was at Walmart getting an oil change sitting in the waiting room when the mechanic walked in to inform another customer that her car was ready. He asked her how her mother was doing. She asked 'you know my mother?' He said no, the car let him know that she was on the phone. The lady was talking to her mother while waiting for her car.

    Technology is listening.

  • 13.4k
    MrGeer
    Voted Yes
    04/18/2024

    welcome to 1984, but its 2024.

    people in the past would shutter at the extent we are spied on by our own government.

    #freeassange