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Is someone eavesdropping on your phone conversations?

A new feature on Apple iPhones allows other people to listen to your phone calls.

With an iPhone, the latest operating system and a pair of Apple AirPods, you'll your very own surveillance kit.

A new feature in Apple's latest operating system, which was originally designed to help hearing-impaired Apple customers, can also be used to eavesdrop on other people's conversations.

Apple's Live Listen feature enhances your hearing when you place your iPhone close to a speaker you can't properly hear. You can use this with your earpods when in-ear, but there's also a capabilty to place your earpod in a room of people and listen to their conversations in another room, or up to 15m away.

This new feature has many people worried that it can be used for spying purposes, so keep a lookout for random earpods laying around.

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Seems everything listens to you these days TV/Fridge/phone -- you name it everything  "smart"  can hear you

I gather most people these days love to be heard. Everywhere I go they all talk, shout and laugh out loud for others to hear.

This is one reason why I don't have the internet enabled on my phone.  I use it to make and receive calls and texts.

Everything else gets done at home, on the laptop

ME TOO !

No phone calls have been private since the instigation of Project Echelon in the late 1940s.

Oh no, "they" are going to know I have to buy 2 bottles of milk instead of one.

Thank goodness I don't have any Apple products, and never will!

 

Suzij,  I will never have an Apple product either -- what a rip off they are -- BUT it is not just the Apple that listens is ALL SMART products -- 

Ages ago I had a woman ring me wanting me to note down all the program I watched on the TV -- (I never watch anything live as I record them all)  but she asked me if I had a smart TV?   I asked why and she said if I did they can tell what I watched and so no need to make notes.

SuziJ - Android is the same you know.

Plan B - They can't just randomly look at what people are watching, the TV would need to be set up through your home network and an application loaded on the TV to enable access to the TV.

MAybe Greg -- but so many times the phones answers a question that you and a friend have been talking about as do those  'SPEAKERS"

PlanB - that's Google at work, that can be disabled on the phone. Same as if you're searching for say a new washing machine, days later you keep getting advertisments popping-up for washing machines. Again that can be stopped by clearing cookies on the devices.

All these things, whether you beleive it or not, are there to make your internet experience "better", easier to find what you want, phone knows where you are, etc, etc, all can be disabled, switched off, cleared but the internet experience won't be as good and people would then start compalining "I can't do this" or "Why do I have to input this all the time".

Thanks Greg -- that may be true but so many do not turn these things off and if you are using the things at the time then it sure listens to you -- not many turn them off --- I have them off on my phone and I don't even have emails on it -- my choice -- I also still have a lot to learn about the phone I am sure

Get used to it. In the not too distant future we will all be controlled by computers in some way. Gosh many of us will be half human/half machine.

The new iphones can phone 000 when you have a heart attack giving your location.

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From Leon's post and other reading, I think it is the latest "Live Listen" earpod spying capability that has people talking.

... there's also a capabilty to place your earpod in a room of people and listen to their conversations in another room, or up to 15m away. This new feature has many people worried that it can be used for spying purposes, so keep a lookout for random earpods laying around.

:) Great way to surreptitiously to hear what others really say/think. But ... maybe that's knowledge we'd be better off without LOL. Secret listening surveillance for little cost. Very Spy Vs Spy.

Apparently, you can pick up any 'real' conversations, not just phone calls.

Pity the poor burgers if they eavesdrop here LOL

Reagan:

Pity the poor burgers if they eavesdrop here LOL

:) Good one. So do I.

LOL, boy, you're good :)

Most of Apple's iPhones are made in Shenzen, China. The Chinese have long been accused of installing bugging devices in technology.

Yep, you would trust the Chowa with anything!

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