(Natural News) Your iPhone is listening in on your conversations, letting it know when you mention a certain product or service. And then, as if on cue, an ad for the exact thing you talked about will pop up on your device.
Users of iPhones can use voice assistant apps like Siri. For these apps to work, they need to come with voice recognition software. Apple claims these services are designed to only begin listening to you when commanded to do so, such as when you say “Hey Siri,” which turns on your iPhone’s voice assistant feature.
But in reality, your iPhone does not stop listening to you. It listens in on conversations you have on it. Apple is using Siri to listen in on your conversations and gather your data to sell to advertisers.
While this very clearly should constitute a violation of a person’s privacy, it is entirely legal. Clauses in the terms and conditions of software updates and app downloads force iPhone users like yourself to agree to data collection, otherwise you would be unable to use most features on your phone. (Related: Class action lawsuit filed against Apple over illicit data collection.)
Here’s how to stop your iPhone from listening in on your conversations
While it’s not clear if you can fully prevent your iPhone from listening in on all of your conversations, it is possible and easy to limit the amount you allow your iPhone to listen. All it takes is a few simple adjustments in your iPhone’s settings.
First, go to the “Settings” app on your phone, then click on the “Siri & Search” tab. There should be a toggle for the option to “Listen for ‘Hey Siri,'” “Press Side Button for Siri” and “Allow Siri When Locked.” You need to turn all of these options off.
To prevent your iPhone from listening in on your conversations no matter the situation, head to the “Settings” application and click on the “Privacy & Security” tab. Once there, click the “Microphone” tab. This will allow you to see which apps have access to your microphone.
From here, you will be able to choose which apps can use your phone’s microphone feature. If you want to prevent every single app from potentially listening in on your conversations, you can revoke all of their access to your microphone feature. But you should take note that this will prevent you from using some or all of the features in more than one app.
For owners of non-iPhone smartphones, the process of revoking the permission of apps to use your microphone is similar.
Furthermore, it is important to note that if you have accidentally installed malware, perhaps from downloading apps or giving apps more access than they should have on your phone, scammers and other illicit groups can still be listening to you even if you did not give them permission to access your microphone feature.
Learn more about violations of people’s privacy by corporations at PrivacyWatch.news.
Watch this clip from InfoWars featuring Harrison Smith discussing how a major security flaw in Apple’s products allows hackers to gain administrative access and steal user data.
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