That Game on Your Phone May Be Tracking What You’re Watching on TV - The New York Times


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Games Using Phone Microphones to Track What You’re Watching on TV
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14 days ago by matthurst
Games on your phone (mostly Android, some iOS) that track what you watch on TV
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14 days ago by edan
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15 days ago by joewiz
“This is malware.” (via )
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15 days ago by transposition
Sapna Maheshwari, reporting for The New York Times:

The apps use software from Alphonso, a start-up that collects TV-viewing data for advertisers. Using a smartphone’s microphone, Alphonso’s software can detail what people watch by identifying audio signals in TV ads and shows, sometimes even matching that information with the places people visit and the movies they see. The information can then be used to target ads more precisely and to try to analyze things like which ads prompted a person to go to a car dealership.

More than 250 games that use Alphonso software are available in the Google Play store; some are also available in Apple’s app store.

Some of the tracking is taking place through gaming apps that do not otherwise involve a smartphone’s microphone, including some apps that are geared toward children. The software can also detect sounds even when a phone is in a pocket if the apps are running in the background.

The Times provides the above link to the games in the Google Play store with this code, but no such link for affected games in the iOS App Store. Would be nice to see a list of the games on iOS. The good news is you have to approve microphone access for these games, on both platforms, but who knows how many people approve it without thinking about it? I don’t care what these apps disclose in the privacy policies — everyone knows nobody reads privacy policies. This is malware.

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15 days ago by rufous
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Sapna Maheshwari, reporting for The New York Times:

The apps use software from Alphonso, a start-up that collects TV-viewing data for advertisers. Using a smartphone’s microphone, Alphonso’s software can detail what people watch by identifying audio signals in TV ads and shows, sometimes even matching that information with the places people visit and the movies they see. The information can then be used to target ads more precisely and to try to analyze things like which ads prompted a person to go to a car dealership.

More than 250 games that use Alphonso software are available in the Google Play store; some are also available in Apple’s app store.

Some of the tracking is taking place through gaming apps that do not otherwise involve a smartphone’s microphone, including some apps that are geared toward children. The software can also detect sounds even when a phone is in a pocket if the apps are running in the background.

The Times provides the above link to the games in the Google Play store with this code, but no such link for affected games in the iOS App Store. Would be nice to see a list of the games on iOS. The good news is you have to approve microphone access for these games, on both platforms, but who knows how many people approve it without thinking about it? I don’t care what these apps disclose in the privacy policies — everyone knows nobody reads privacy policies. This is malware.

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15 days ago by josephschmitt
RT : That Game on Your Phone May Be Tracking What You’re Watching on TV
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16 days ago by sujal
That Game on Your Phone May Be Tracking What You’re Watching on TV
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19 days ago by alienlebarge
That Game on Your Phone May Be Tracking What You’re Watching on TV
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19 days ago by gpessia
Ugh. That Game on Your Phone May Be Tracking What You’re Watching on TV
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19 days ago by Ssivek
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— Abraham Williams (@abraham) December 29, 2017
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19 days ago by abraham
Android screenshots of the app Honey Quest, which uses technology that keeps tabs on the viewing habits of its users. At first glance, the gaming apps — with…
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19 days ago by yudha87
RT estima7 : 당신 폰에 있는 게임이 당신이 어떤 TV프로그램을 보고 있는지 파악하고 있는지 모른다 http://bit.ly/2ChQPWP 알폰소라는 회사가 폰으로 TV소리를 수집해 사람들의 TV시청패턴을 조사하는 기술을 제공. 그런데 이 기술이 수백개이상의 모바일게임에 심어져있어 사람들이 잘모르는 사이에 데이터수집 December 29, 2017 at 07:18PM http://twitter.com/estima7/status/946686820296749056
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19 days ago by seoulrain
Android screenshots of the app Honey Quest, which uses technology that keeps tabs on the viewing habits of its users. At first glance, the gaming apps — with…
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20 days ago by kohlmannj
All that remains of that bright-eyed second-screen dream: ad targeting
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20 days ago by doingitwrong