Hundreds of Google Play Store games are reporting TV habits to advertisers

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  • Jason

    And there’s our future. You can disagree all you want but until it’s a law that you have to opt in or have to have it vary blatantly displayed devs/ads will always try to get every piece of information out of you. You can try petitioning against it, calling your MP, or just not using the apps but considering we are currently fighting to keep out internet open I doubt will we see any sort of regulation any time soon.

    • EcE

      This is on the app descriptions:

      “This app is integrated with Alphonso software. Subject to your permission, the Alphonso software receives short duration audio samples from the microphone on your device. The audio samples never leave your device, but are irreversibly encoded (hashed) into digital “fingerprints.” The fingerprints are compared off-device to commercial content (e.g., TV, OTT programming, ads music etc.). If a match is found, then appropriate recommendation for content or ads may be delivered to your mobile device. The Alphonso software only matches against known audio content and does not recognize or understand human conversations or other sounds.”

      Why would you install an app that clearly does this?

  • Brad Fortin

    This is fine. No big deal. In fact, I heard from some Android fans that Android users love it when this happens.

    • basesloadedwalk

      Why would I care? I have nothing to hide in what I watch on TV, which 90% of the time is sports.

    • Brad Fortin

      I’m sure if Apple did the same thing there would be as much of an uproar in these comments as there is in the Apple-battery articles, yourself included.

    • basesloadedwalk

      I’ve got news for you…Apple does do things like this as well. All the internet companies collect data from you.

    • Brad Fortin

      Apple doesn’t listen to your TV to sell you ads. In fact, Apple doesn’t sell ads at all, unlike Google which gets 90% of its revenue from selling your data to advertisers.

    • basesloadedwalk

      Just because they don’t sell ads doesn’t mean they don’t collect data. You are delusional. BTW, I’ll gladly let advertisers collect data on me. I’d rather offset the cost of a phone that way then take out a mortgage to buy the overpriced icrap.

      Anyway, welcome to the block list little boy sheep.

    • Brad Fortin

      lol!

    • basesloadedwalk

      A reply by someone who only appers as “this user is blocked”, which means I blocked you for being an little boy isheep.

    • Rev0lver

      If you block someone just stop talking to them you infantile man-child.

    • Marshall Davidson

      You have a serious problem buddy. Your hatred of the brand is totally irrational but here’s a thought. If you don’t like sharing your information or the possibly data on your habits could be collected then don’t use the damn tech. Pretty simple. All these companies operate along the same lines more or less and you’re out here flaming Apple (as usual) for the most innocuous of reasons.

    • Daryl Rybotycki

      You are not of off setting any expenses when you run the app; you don’t get paid anything…

    • basesloadedwalk

      No, but I am also not asked to pay for the app either, so the savings come from free apps vs paid apps.

    • philnolan3d

      Google doesn’t listen to your TV either.

    • Stephen_81

      While I agree with most of what you have said in this thread, Apple does in fact sell data to advertisers, they realized they weren’t actually good at it and have now partnered with NBCUniversal. Now the majority of their ad platform is getting advertisers to pick and choose from a matrix and apple then delivers the ads, but they do share information, but not nearly to the degree of Google or Facebook, in this instance Apple is the lesser of the evils.

    • EcE

      It’s not Google doing this.
      Also, it is clearly stated on the app descriptions:

      “This app is integrated with Alphonso software. Subject to your permission, the Alphonso software receives short duration audio samples from the microphone on your device. The audio samples never leave your device, but are irreversibly encoded (hashed) into digital “fingerprints.” The fingerprints are compared off-device to commercial content (e.g., TV, OTT programming, ads music etc.). If a match is found, then appropriate recommendation for content or ads may be delivered to your mobile device. The Alphonso software only matches against known audio content and does not recognize or understand human conversations or other sounds.”

      Who would want to install such an app is beyond me.

    • Brad Fortin

      I didn’t say anything about Google.

      The apps also don’t make it explicit that they’re listening to you, they present themselves as utilities or games and listen in the background, often without consent.

    • EcE

      Why in the world would you download a game that explicitly says it does this?

      “receives short duration audio samples from the microphone on your device…then appropriate recommendation for content or ads may be delivered to your mobile device”

      How is that not the same as saying “we are listening to you and we will send you ads and app recommendations”?

    • Cody Williams

      If you read it, you will see it is not Android, it is apps people give permission to do.

  • Jason Alexander

    I wonder if this is why Google home boots in when there is no ‘OK Google’ or ‘Hey Google’ command

  • Do Do

    I just want a list of the apps so I can uninstall them

  • basesloadedwalk

    So it turns out Apple IS very much a party to this whole story. This Alphonso company reportedly has a deal with Shazam, the well known music identification app that Apple recently acquired. According to Alphonso’s chief executive, Alphonso’s technology picks up snippets of audio information, then the company has that information recognized and categorized by Shazam, and then Shazam sells that information back to Alphonso.

    • EBIGN

      Apple purchased Shazam a few weeks ago. This seems like it has been going on for years. This is a big android privacy problem.

    • basesloadedwalk

      I’d rather have Android know what TV I watch (which isn’t a big deal to me anyway since I barely watch anything) than have Apple have a hand always in my bank account. Did you get the 15 or 30 year mortgage to pay off that iphony x?

  • philnolan3d

    If there a list so I know which ones to uninstall?

  • xanth18

    List please! These are getting removed ASAP.