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How much of your conversation is your smart phone listening to?   The demand for smartphones has never been this high, and every phone comes with its own microphones. What is the implication of this on user’s privacy? It goes beyond just phone calls. Most modern smartphones come with voice-controlled assistants like Microsoft Cortana, Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant. They can be used to set reminders, fix appointments, and conduct searches. Some games and apps also require microphone access. But how secure is the audio recorded by these “intelligent assistants”? Michelle De Mooy, the Acting DG of Center for Democracy...

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Many users of the internet today are unaware of how unsafe the internet is. Users’ information, which should have been safe, is accessible to everyone who makes even a slight effort to get it.  One perfect example is how major search engines mine users’ search history. This data is used to generate ads on products related to users most searched keywords. This breach of privacy by search engines isn't much of an issue anymore but it becomes one when your personal messages are also mined. You do not want that third party intercepting messages meant for someone, hence the need...

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Gone are the days of wiretaps, when phone conversations and messages were gleaned from tapping phone lines. Nowadays, they can be gotten using your own smartphone. The proliferation of the use of smartphone has also reduced the need for sleuths in tracking your locations. Smartphones can reveal the location of the places you visit. Most people think only the Communication Security Establishment Canada, CSEC, track calls and messages. That's far from being the reality. Concerned parents are known to keep tabs on their children. Also, couples are always seeking out new ways to track their partners communicate and location. Even...

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