Spotify granted patent to use mic to infer emotional state, age, gender, and accent

Spotify granted patent to use mic to infer emotional state, age, gender, and accent

Spotify has been granted a patent on using your phone’s microphone to analyze the sounds around you for the purpose of giving song recommendations.It’s hard to tell when exactly Spotify might start trying to utilize your phone’s microphone for more than just receiving voice commands.

Leaked Screenshots Reveal iOS 14-Like Privacy Features Coming in Android 12

Leaked Screenshots Reveal iOS 14-Like Privacy Features Coming in Android 12

Apple in ‌iOS 14‌ added a little dot in the status bar to let you know if the microphone or the camera is activated, and in Android 12, Google appears to have a similar option.

Group Calling - Voice or Video

Group Calling - Voice or Video

Group call requirements : Each participant is using the latest version of Signal available for that device: Android v5.0.3 or later iOS v.5.0.0 or later Desktop v1.39.2 or later Each participant is a member of the same Signal New Group chat The group call size limit is five Here's how to start an encrypted group voice or video call: Open the group chat.

PS5 Can Record Audio Data When a Trophy Is Unlocked, Here’s How To Opt-Out of It

PS5 Can Record Audio Data When a Trophy Is Unlocked, Here’s How To Opt-Out of It

Sony is not always recording your audio, and in fact, the user can entirely opt-out of it if they are uncomfortable with this feature.

Dell Adding Hardware Privacy Driver For Linux

Dell Adding Hardware Privacy Driver For Linux

The Dell privacy driver in its current form is talked about for the camera and microphone support but the patch does also note a "PRIVACY_SCREEN_STATUS" bit as well.

Watch out for this green dot on your iPhone – it means someone is watching

Watch out for this green dot on your iPhone – it means someone is watching

4) The new iOS 14 update adds fresh privacy features – and gives you a redesigned home screenCredit: Apple That means an app could show you nearby stores, for instance, without knowing exactly where you live.

Sensing the sensors

Sensing the sensors

Even the Camera application on my device can't access the sensors.Cometh Privacy Indicators , it does exactly what Apple's iOS does, show you an indicator whenever an application uses your device's camera or microphone.Do note that the application only shows indicator for the main camera sensor.

Rubenerd: We need physical audio kill switches

Rubenerd: We need physical audio kill switches

If there is any latency whatsoever between us hitting a mute button and the audio not cutting out, the hardware or software has failed.Well-engineered mute buttons on keyboards shouldn’t need to go to software, they should immediately send a signal to the motherboard’s DAC—ideally on a separate wire or connection—to say terminate this signal.

Five iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 security and privacy features you need to know about

Five iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 security and privacy features you need to know about

Also, if you access Control Center, there's a notice at the top showing you recent apps that have accessed the camera or microphone.Apps requesting local network access.Another thing that you'll see after installing iOS 14/iPadOS 14 is apps requesting local network access.

IOS 14: What do the orange and green dots in the status bar mean?

IOS 14: What do the orange and green dots in the status bar mean?

The green light being on does not mean that the camera feed is being recorded and saved; all iOS knows is that the app can access the camera feed at that time.

Spies can eavesdrop by watching a light bulb’s variations

Spies can eavesdrop by watching a light bulb’s variations

They say it allows anyone with a laptop and less than a thousand dollars of equipment—just a telescope and a $400 electro-optical sensor—to listen in on any sounds in a room that's hundreds of feet away in real-time, simply by observing the minuscule vibrations those sounds create on the glass surface of a light bulb inside.

Wearable Microphone Jamming

Wearable Microphone Jamming

Furthermore, by arranging the transducers in a ring layout, our wearable jams in multiple directions and protects the privacy of its user’s voice, anywhere and anytime, without requiring its user to manually point the jammer to the eavesdropping microphones.

Senator proposes mandatory labeling for products with mics, cameras

Senator proposes mandatory labeling for products with mics, cameras

A rule such as the regulation Gardner proposes would close the gap that, for example, led owners of Nest Secure devices to the unpleasant discovery earlier this year that the products had shipped with undisclosed microphones.

Amid a privacy crisis, Facebook now wants to put a camera on your TV

Amid a privacy crisis, Facebook now wants to put a camera on your TV

(CNN) When Facebook first introduced Portal, a smart speaker with a screen, in October of last year, the company was grappling with a seemingly endless list of privacy issues.

Librem 5 Smartphone - Final Specs Announced – Purism

Librem 5 Smartphone - Final Specs Announced – Purism

Here’s a more detailed breakdown of the Librem 5 hardware and specific components included:. 3 Hardware Kill Switches: WiFi / Bluetooth Cellular Baseband Cameras & microphone All 3 off = additionally disable IMU+compass & GNSS, ambient light.

Aggression Detectors: The Unproven, Invasive Surveillance Technology Schools Are Using to Monitor Students

Aggression Detectors: The Unproven, Invasive Surveillance Technology Schools Are Using to Monitor Students

The students were helping ProPublica test an aggression detector that’s used in hundreds of schools, health care facilities, banks, stores and prisons worldwide, including more than 100 in the U.S. Sound Intelligence, the Dutch company that makes the software for the device, plans to open an office this year in Chicago, where its chief executive will be based.

A Device to Detect 'Aggression' in Schools Often Misfires

A Device to Detect 'Aggression' in Schools Often Misfires

Although a Louroe spokesman said the detector doesn’t intrude on student privacy because it only captures sound patterns deemed aggressive, its microphones allow administrators to record, replay and store those snippets of conversation indefinitely.“It’s not clear it’s solving the right problem.

LaLiga’s app listened in on fans to catch bars illegally streaming soccer

LaLiga’s app listened in on fans to catch bars illegally streaming soccer

The league claims that the app asks for permission to access the phone’s microphone and location, and that the data — which is received as a code, not audio — is only used to detect LaLiga streams.

Of hoodies and headphones: a spotlight on risks surrounding audio output devices

Of hoodies and headphones: a spotlight on risks surrounding audio output devices

Thankfully, the answer to the former is, “Not with life-endangering consequences.” However, audio output devices, including headphones, can pose a security and privacy risk to users, especially when abused by smart people with ill-intent.

Discovery of cameras built into airlines’ seats sparks privacy concerns

Discovery of cameras built into airlines’ seats sparks privacy concerns

Cameras pointed at passengers have been noticed in the inflight entertainment systems used by some American Airlines and Singapore Airlines aircraft, BuzzFeed News reports.

Vendors must start adding physical on/off switches to devices that can spy on us

Vendors must start adding physical on/off switches to devices that can spy on us

A device equipped with a hardware “off” switch for the camera and microphone isn’t yet on the market, as far as I know.

Apple's New MacBook Disconnects Microphone "Physically" When Lid is Closed

Apple's New MacBook Disconnects Microphone "Physically" When Lid is Closed

Apple's custom T2 security chip in the latest MacBooks includes a new hardware feature that physically disconnects the MacBook's built-in microphone whenever the user closes the lid, the company revealed yesterday at its event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.

Google’s Nest fiasco harms user trust and invades their privacy

Google’s Nest fiasco harms user trust and invades their privacy

But, following a trust-shattering move by Google last month regarding its Nest Secure product, consensus on one issue has emerged: Companies shouldn’t ship products that can surreptitiously spy on users.

Schneier on Security

Schneier on Security

The Latest in Creepy Spyware The Nest home alarm system shipped with a secret microphone , which -- according to the company -- was only an accidental secret : On Tuesday, a Google spokesperson told Business Insider the company had made an "error." "The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the tech specs," the spokesperson said.

Instagram is listening to you

Instagram is listening to you

At some point I was talking with my cousin (in spanish) about a product I would like to buy: a micro projector connected in Bluetooth to share videos on a wall from my phone.

Senate demands Google CEO answer for hidden Nest microphone

Senate demands Google CEO answer for hidden Nest microphone

Tyler Lizenby/CNET The US Senate Commerce Committee wants explanations from Google CEO Sundar Pichai about a recent controversy at Nest, the smart-home device company Google owns. The committee wants Pichai to specifically address six questions: Has a microphone always been a component of the Nest Secure home security and alarm system device?

Google forced to reveal which products have microphones following privacy backlash

Google forced to reveal which products have microphones following privacy backlash

The existence of a microphone on the Nest Secure has never been mentioned in any product material for the device, which a Google spokesperson said was “an error” on the company’s part.

Nest's Hidden Microphone Prompts Privacy Group to Call for FTC Action Against Google

Nest's Hidden Microphone Prompts Privacy Group to Call for FTC Action Against Google

A privacy group with a history of complaining about Google’s acquisition of Nest sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission this week, calling on regulators to force Google to spin off the company after the existence of a secret microphone was revealed in its Nest Secure products.

Google admits error over hidden microphone

Google admits error over hidden microphone

Image copyright Google Image caption The Nest Guard acts as a way to arm and disarm the firm's home security alarm system by use of a code or tap of a key fob In response to criticism, Google said on Tuesday: "The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the tech specs.

Someone found cameras in Singapore Airlines’ in-flight entertainment system

Someone found cameras in Singapore Airlines’ in-flight entertainment system

Now, there’s the camera, which was discovered by a traveler who tweeted out the discovery, asking Singapore Airlines to clarify how it was being used.