In yet another shameless story about breaching confidentiality, yesterday it was revealed that Google has been downloading audio listeners onto every computer that runs Chrome, and transmits audio data back to Google. Effectively, this means that Google had taken itself the right to listen to every conversation in every room that runs Chrome somewhere, without any kind of consent from the people eavesdropped on. This is no different to a story several weeks ago where delegates in a hotel in Israel were being spied upon using similar techniques on Windows, injected through malware within the hotel network.
In official statements, Google shrugged off the practice with what amounts to “we can do that”.
This is precisely why we developed BlackFog Privacy to protect individuals rights. We have now embedded microphone activation code so that you can be alerted when this sort of activity takes place. When will companies start to respect users privacy….