It’s not just devices such as laptops and phones, home devices such as Alexa and Google Home can record someone’s conversation.
Katie Orillion said, “I think it listens for ‘Alexa’, as it listens for names of products that it can suggest you.”
However, the reasoning for home devices recording is different. When someone says, “Hey Alexa”, Alexa begins to record. When that record is sent, it is used to improve that device. Especially with people who have thick accents, recording can help the company understand how to fix that device, so a person won’t have to struggle speaking a clear sentence. In the end though, people are listening in.
But fear not, for data is not ever sold off to various advocates. Companies will never hand their data to advertisers, they must put faith in that association to give their ads to people who are truly interested, and those companies manage to do that through someone’s data that they’ve collected. No data is ever shared through those distributions.
As Dr. Peter Henway put it, “Rather than saying here’s a list of people who followed your demographic, they say Why don’t you give me some money, and I’ll make that demographic or those who are interested in this will see it. If they let that information out into the wild, they’ll lose that exclusive access to it, so they’re going to try to keep it as secret as possible.” *
Basically, the advertisers need to have trust in the company. The company gets the money and uses their data to advertise the advocate’s ads. Again, no data is distributed.
Even so, social media companies don’t need someone’s recorded data to begin with; they already know so much about an individual. If they recorded someone’s data all the time, all the data would be too expensive to gather and analyze. Not only that, but people’s phone bills would skyrocket with all that data. So, what a person looks up and what they post are a few factors that companies consider when giving them ads. It’s all about making predictions about what ads might suit them the most. Someone's location is even tracked, so if someone goes to Starbucks, they’ll most likely get ads for it!
Former Facebook operations manager Sandy Parakilas explained this, “They know a tremendous amount about you and that enables them to make guesses about what to advertise to you that can be uncannily accurate” *
However, that doesn’t mean companies will never give their data to people. In the case of higher ups such as the CIA and government, companies must give them someone’s data. The government could easily use someone’s data against them; if someone is on their list of course. This list could hold escapees or hackers. They wouldn’t go after someone who’s a normal citizen, because they won’t pose a threat to society.
Freshman Angel Wade exclaimed, "If you’re wanted for something, they can track you in seconds.”