Some Android applications listening to your external sound through Microphone; Are you always listening to music with external speakers or any other external sound system. So, this is special and a bad news for you because some apps and games in google play may listen or record your voice by your microphone.
These apps are also able to record your voice calls, video calls and many things that will shock you.
The famous news Paper New York Times published a new report this week writes that the software comes from a startup named as Alphonso.
Those apps which are made by this company require your permission to record your external voice by the microphone and use your microphone when you watch tv shows, movies, and advertisements.
Those applications and games that do not require mic at all for game playing or running application, In these applications and games microphone being continue to use microphone whole day to record your voice activity.
This does not mean that these apps do not require your permission.
Yes, these are also asking for your permission to record and use your microphone but may in a different way.
These are often found to use different way when explaining what the microphone will be used for.
Alphonso CEO Ashish Chordia told the New York Time, that “The consumer is opting in knowingly and can opt out anytime,”.
But, the consumer privacy expert Justin Brookman of Consumers Union told the paper “When you see ‘permission for microphone access for ads,’ it may not be clear to a user that, Oh, this means it’s going to be listening to what I do all the time to see if I’m watching Monday Night Football.”
while all the data collected by the software company Alphonso’s software is the usually transferred to the music app Shazam, the music identification service which is now acquired by Apple. This is because they target our user ads more efficiently.
While the New York Time’s report says that over 250 Alphonso’s applications have found on play Android Smartphone, with some of these apps also available on Apple’s App Store, Alphonso says its product is used in roughly 1,000 apps.
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source New York Times