Saturday, June 23, 2018

What’s striking about these revelations is they want to weaponize our phones to spy on us through the cameras and microphone.

Sahil Chinoy of the New York Times looked at some of the patents Facebook has applied for and the results he discovered are very creepy.

Here are some of the specific patents discussed in the New York Times article:

  • Predicting whether you’re in a romantic relationship by monitoring how often you visit another user’s page and the number of friends you have of the opposite gender
  • Using your posts to determine your personality traits, including emotional stability
  • Detecting defective pixels or lens scratches on your camera to find a connection with someone else who might be using the same camera
  • Detecting interference in the electrical power cable running to your TV to figure out what program is playing
  • Detecting your phone’s location in the middle of the night to capture your home address

Considering that Facebook has two billion active users, imagine the data they are amassing. If just a couple of these patents are put to practice, it dramatically increases the personal knowledge they will have about their subscribers. And from previous revelations, they are just as interested in learning personal details about those of us who don't use Facebook by gaining that information from our friends that are on Facebook.