In this video, CBC Kids News contributor Saara Chaudry explains what you need to know about spying smart devices.
Sometimes it can feel like you’re living in a spy movie and your phone is the bad guy. You’re just sitting there, minding your own business, dreaming about the latest pair of sneakers and then, seemingly out of nowhere, you’re seeing ads all over your social media feeds for those very same shoes.
It can feel a little unnerving, for sure. But while it’s definitely possible that the software on your device is ‘listening’ to you, especially if you rely on a digital assistant like Alexa or Siri to help navigate your day, there isn’t much evidence to show you’re being spied on. Experts say the reason your device knows so much about you is actually much simpler than that.
View the original video here.
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