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Smartphone listening?

  • 26-06-2022 10:41pm
    Registered Users Posts: 697 ✭✭✭Logo

    I'm sure that After Hours is probably not the right forum for posting this question but here goes. I've heard of people talking about a topic and a product advert pops up on their phone shortly afterwards. I'm not sure if this is a common occurrence but it's happened to me twice in the last week. It seems a bit more than coincidence so maybe I need to change some phone settings. I'd appreciate any feedback from anyone with similar experiences. Thanks



  • Registered Users Posts: 332 ✭✭NiceFella

    One of my mates was telling me about his friend who got a procedure for male pattern baldness in Turkey.

    For a few days after I was getting ads for hair transplants etc. I have a full head of hair with 0% chance of going bald.

    It is weird alright and I don't think you can turn it off.

  • Registered Users Posts: 31,529 ✭✭✭✭NIMAN

    Why would you get ads for searches someone else carried out.

    Could be embarrassing!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,895 ✭✭✭Ubbquittious

    Back when boards went down this fella called to the house and I went on a political rant, as with boards being down I had no outlet for my political rant

    The rant was something to the effect of "The Chinese will come in and buy up all the good stuff here, houses, land, successful companies while they keep taking money off us by selling us disposable sh1t".

    No sooner did I utter the words and I got a text from a +86 number "Hello . My aunt asked me to add you and said you found a house I like". I asked where was the house, she says back "Are you not the estate agent"

    Could be coincidence. But freaked me out none the less

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,658 ✭✭✭policarp

    Voice command.

    Alexa . Bixby, Ciri Etc.

  • Registered Users Posts: 631 ✭✭✭Sir Galahad

    I'm only saying what I was told. She's an ecommerce digital specialist for a multinational company.

  • Registered Users Posts: 31,529 ✭✭✭✭NIMAN

    I can see maybe why they would want it to happen.

    I chat to my mate about a new TV I'm getting. I've been searching for them on my phone.

    Now he starts getting adverts for new tvs, and maybe he gets a notion that his needs upgraded too?? Who knows.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 697 ✭✭✭Logo

    Thanks for the replies. I can understand why ads might pop up after searching for a product but it's a bit harder to swallow when private conversations are listened to. Although it's difficult not to just 'Accept All' when searching on-line.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,502 ✭✭✭✭fritzelly

    Exactly this - so many apps ask for permissions for stuff they have no need to have access to

  • Registered Users Posts: 50,701 ✭✭✭✭bazz26

    It's just The Illuminati keeping an eye on you. Nothing to worry about.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,628 ✭✭✭StupidLikeAFox

    I was having a WhatsApp conversation and the other guy posted a picture of a jacket into the chat - logged on to Facebook around an hour later and started getting ads for the same jacket. Privacy is dead alright

  • Registered Users Posts: 17,812 ✭✭✭✭kippy

    I'm sure all within the ts and C's of using the apps I'd suggest. There are possibly ways to turn the feature off or not use the app at all.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,044 ✭✭✭AllForIt

    They're not called smartphones for nothing you know.

  • Registered Users Posts: 687 ✭✭✭dontmindme

    Phones are listening and any online activity what ever device it's on is leaving tracking cookies and gathering information about all your devices, locations, places you like to go, things you like to buy, other sites you view, etc etc. I absolutely have never clicked on 'Accept all' and if it's not easy enough to just select the essential cookies then I just don't bother with that website.

  • Posts: 7,792 ✭✭✭ Cataleya Fat Lambaste

    would have been a CT just a few years ago - a clown world we live in..

    heard recently (y'day I think) about some sort of shenanigans the Chinese Co. Huawei were up to - spying and t'likes (some inbuilt spyware or somesuch) but likely they're [smartphone companies] all at it 😒

    better off with just a Nokia (if they're still being made) 🤣 can't listen to any choons on it tho, or surf web

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,628 ✭✭✭StupidLikeAFox

    No doubt its probably buried in there somewhere alright. It does make you think about what is happening in the background if these are the bits of "spying" that are obvious. How you are subtly being influenced etc

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,895 ✭✭✭Ubbquittious

    You remember that big massive datacentre that Snowden spilled the beans on in 2013/4?

    Well they still built it to completion, it's operational now, happily spying away on 100s of millions of people. And people still turn out in droves to vote for the c*nts who put it there.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,707 ✭✭✭Bobblehats

    Smartphone glistening ✨ yea new phone envy or what

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,638 ✭✭✭Glaceon

    The creepiest one I experienced was when I went to visit my parents and my dad was talking to me about rewiring the house. Within a half hour I was getting ads for electrical contractors offering rewiring services. I never looked that up myself and my dad didn't own a smartphone at the time.

  • Registered Users Posts: 25,896 ✭✭✭✭AndrewJRenko

    While there's a lot of truth in this, we also have considerable protection in Europe due to GDPR.

    For example, this kind of tracking couldn't happen in Europe.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,807 ✭✭✭trashcan

    Ive had similar experience. Had mentioned to someone that I was experiencing back pain, next thing ads started appearing Facebook for back pain relief. That is definitely creepy. If you’re searching online then it’s no great surprise when that sort of things happen, but when it’s based on conversations you have, that’s something else again.

  • Registered Users Posts: 155 ✭✭I Blame Sheeple

    It's curious so many people don't know about the depths of how little privacy you actually have. Someone mentioned earlier that Snowden dropped the dime on all this years ago and if you haven't checked out the leaks, do so now or forever live ignorant and chained.

    Here's something I learned from my first 5 mins of reading dumps in 2012; major manufacturers of electric goods will manufacture back doors into nearly every commercially sold product for the sake of 'counter-terrorism' but in reality it's just a cheap way of saying every single television on the market since 2011 has been listening to you remotely.

    Yes, it literally sounds tinfoil hat insane but it's there for you to read too.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,721 ✭✭✭Heighway61

    It's only starting. This technological revolution will dwarf the world-changing Industrial Revolution.

    We have sold ourselves so cheaply.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,417 ✭✭✭✭Potential-Monke

    Have none of ye watched The Social Dilemma? Basically explains it. Even if you're not into that kinda thing, the docufilm does a good job of explaining it anyway and I highly recommend it. I always have GPS off, and only certian apps can access it while in use, but I do get extra ads if I've left it on accidentally and walk through a town or something. Asking me to review things I walked past.

    Best to just accept it and try and not do anything illegal, because it'll only get worse from here imo. We'll get loads of things about how people will protect us, this new law will stop x, y and z, when all that will be happening is that the back doors and dodgy stuff will become harder to detect. It won't ever go away.