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Mobile

Be careful! More and more apps are silently listening to you

Research has shown a rise in the use of a concerning tracking technology. Using it, apps exploit the microphone on our phones to listen out for special ultrasonic audio clips, which can reveal a lot about our activity.
Computing

Some mobile apps continue to track ultrasound signals even when closed

A University College London team is spotlighting the threat of ultrasound monitoring posed by mobile apps. Besides tracking your television habits and browsing history, ultrasound access could also provide pathways for hacking.
Mobile

FTC warns 12 Android developers for baking software listening for TV ads into apps

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued warnings to 12 Android developers for including software that listens for signals in certain television commercials in their apps without letting users know about it.
Computing

Advertisers are using inaudible noise to figure out what devices are yours

A new report has found that advertisers are beginning to use ultrasonic noises to track users across multiple devices, achieving a goal that the much maligned browser cookie can only dream.