Some Android Games Are Listening In To Learn Your TV Viewing Habits

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Data is the currency of the internet age, and advertisers are always looking for new ways to gather as much of it as they possibly can. Using software from startup Alphonso, each of these Android games requests user permission for access to the device’s microphone, which is then used to monitor for various TV programs and sometimes even while the game isn’t actively being played. Alphonso claims in its privacy section that users are always asked before any data gathering takes place, and most of the apps that contain Alphonso software also include a disclaimer in their product descriptions explaining the reasons for the permissions and allowing the users the chance to opt-out.

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