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This is a bit unsettling


My wife and I were in Charlottetown today and she wanted to head to the Charlottetown Mall to return an item. We started talking about how malls are dying and this one always seemed a bit depressing. She mentioned that the mall was busy last visit especially a new store called Sephora. I never heard of it but apparently it's a bit of a high end store for women's makeup. Anyway we walked by that store and went into the place she needed to do her return. When I got home I jumped onto my computer and pulled up Facebook. Guess what ad appears?

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Surely this is one of those one in a billion conicidences and not my phone "listening" in to my conversations or selling my location to advertisers.. confuse



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Ouch. That is a bit scary, yes...

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Do you have Facebook on your phones? It Probably tracked you.

newatlas.com/computers/facebook-not-secretly-listening-conversations/

Quotes Remember, Facebook can find you on whatever device youve ever checked Facebook on. It can exploit everything that retailers know about you, and even sometimes track your in-store, cash-only purchases; that loyalty discount card is tied to a phone number or email for a reason.

So you may adamantly claim Facebook must have listened in on your private conversation yesterday about a friends wedding and then served you an ad for tailored wedding suits because you have not googled anything wedding-related in years. But there are scores of other data points the system has on you to determine what you should see at any given point. Not only does the system know exactly where you are at every moment, it knows who your friends are, what they are interested in, and who you are spending time with. It can track you across all your devices, log call and text metadata on Android phones, and even watch you write something that you end up deleting and never actually send. End quotes



-- Edited by mike667 on Saturday 12th of November 2022 05:03:14 PM



-- Edited by mike667 on Saturday 12th of November 2022 05:03:30 PM



-- Edited by mike667 on Saturday 12th of November 2022 05:04:07 PM

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Yep, I have FB on my phone and I agree Mike, it was probably my location data that prompted the ad.


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Still kinda scary, thats why I dont have much apps on my phone. I also dont have Facebook.

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Big Brother is watching!



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Voice synthesis & listening apps can be utilized. "Hey Siri"  Got it. Can we run back the transcripts?



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I keep my location switched off on my iPhone, does that prevent this tracking?

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I have had things like this happen quite a few times. A year or so ago I was sitting it the office having a conversation with a co-worker. We talked about a few different stores and restaurants. Later that evening, when I opened Facebook ads popped up for almost every place we talked about. Someone or something is listening to or watching everything we do.

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Thinking of getting out of FB ... too, retire in secluded area like live the old school way, or good days prior this new millennium ,,,



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