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Old 09-27-2019, 06:40 AM
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Does Google Eavesdrop Through Android Phones?

So here's what's got me wondering:

The other day, about five days ago, a couple of friends and I had a conversation about Joshua Tree National Monument, and our experiences there, and about desert camping in general, the area around Joshua Tree, etc., etc. Just a conversation, over beers, with no particular focus (eventually the talk of Joshua Tree led to talk about Gram Parsons, country-rock music, Parsons' relationship with and influence on the Rolling Stones, and so on. You know how it goes).

During this whole conversation, my cell phone was on the table. It was never used. I did not google anything. I didn't make or receive any calls. It was just there. On, but not used.

A few days later, my Google news feed began to include stories about the area. It even began to include completely irrelevant (to me) stories from local papers and/or television stations (from, for example, Twenty-Nine Palms).

I also began to see ads for area hotels.

This wasn't an example of the Baader-Meinhof effect. I'm sure of it.

I can think of no explanation other than that Google uses Android phones to monitor conversations. I know they read Gmail messages. I would love for there to be another explanation, but I can't think of one.

Anyone have any thoughts? Does Google eavesdrop on us?


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