“Samsung phones use technology which can spy on what you’re reading and watching online – and monitor emails in your inbox,” Margi Murphy reports for The Sun. “The phones switch onto spy mode after they are alerted by a ‘beacon’ often embedded in web pages or sent as an ultrasonic signal hidden in telly or online adverts.”

“Jim Killock, Executive Director of Open Rights Group warned that ‘Samsung want to get to know you – but they are behaving like a peeping Tom,'” Murphy reports. “He added: ‘Samsung have taken spying on their customers to a whole new level. What you can’t see, and can’t hear, won’t worry you — or so it hopes.'”

“If you use a Samsung phone, it’s likely that you’ve already agreed for the phone maker to snoop on you,” Murphy reports. “The Korean manufacturer makes reference to it on several pages in on its privacy policy.”

“Samsung’s beacon technology lets it watch EVERYTHING you’re browsing – even porn,” Murphy reports. “German researchers claimed these ultrasonic beacons can ‘link the watching of even sensitive content such as adult movies or political documentations to a single individual – even at varying locations. Advertisers can deduce what and how long an individual is watching and obtain a detailed user profile to deliver highly customised advertisements,’ they wrote.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Ignorant and/or foolish consumers often get reamed.

Now to be fair, this is only because Android is an inferior product peddled to tech illiterates who do not value their privacy and/or who are unable to recognize a half-assed knockoff from the revolutionary original.

Android is a BlackBerry clone that was hastily rejiggered to mimic iPhone at the last minute. Obviously, mistakes were made.

So, the Android rush-job is a security nightmare. It’s fragmented. It’s too many cooks in the kitchen. It’s crap-by-committee junk.

And anyone who rewards blatant thieves by settling for Android deserves their fate.MacDailyNews, May 23, 1015

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