Are our phones listening to us? Listeners share creepy anecdotes

CapeTalk's Refilwe Moloto speaks about concerns around information gathered by our cell phones and other devices.

She asks how much information our phones use and callers related stories of how a phone lying nearby a conversation, seemingly 'listened' and then began sending information on those discussed topics to the user.

Caller Penny says she and her daughter have iPhones and were chatting about a friend who had gone for a spray tan.

Literally, one-and-a-half hours later there was a pop up on her Instagram account advertising spray tans in her area.

Penny, Caller

Marijke from Stellenbosch is convinced her families Android phones are listening.

We often have situations where we're talking about, "Oh wouldn't it be nice to have a trip to Thailand or something like that, and within hours we receive advertising both on FaceBook and on Google popping up. So yes definitely, it's part of the algorithms and part of the programming of these cell phones these days. And it's very frightening.

Marijke, Caller

A caller adds that while everyone complains about privacy, they still subscribe to FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram because then you are giving them the information willingly.

A computer programmer then called in and said our contact lists and emails on our phones are vulnerable and we need to take responsibility for keeping that safe.

It is a shared responsibility. We can't say "we don't care",

Caller

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