If you think privacy is dead, at least you're still secure in your private thoughts. However, even that bright line is about to be crossed. A host of patents are prepping the ground to monetize brainwave-reading technology -- everything from controlling video games with your mind to determining consumer mental states.
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You might suspect your favorite music volume equalizer app of sharing your data with a URL or two -- but 2,000 URLs?
Researchers in France downloaded thousands of apps from Google Play store then monitored the secret connections they made. Each app was launched on a Samsung Galaxy SIII running Android version 4.1.2 that was set up to channel all traffic through the team’s server. This recorded all the urls that each app attempted to contact. It turns out there was a whole lot of secret connecting going on.
Undoubtedly many users suspected as much, but it's the sheer scale of the connections and lack of transparency that I find most disturbing. I'd wager that a free quiz app that asked to send your phone contacts, call history, location, and calendar to thousands of URLs around the world, would not be very popular.
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