Invasion of “Privacy”

This past week, I came across this fellow, Dylan Curran. If you follow me on twitter, I’ve reposted some of his stuff. Dylan is a data/privacy consultant that has come into the public eye due to his extensive knowledge in how our phones and computers collect information on us, whether we are aware of it or not.

Apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Viber

Felix Krause described in 2017 that when a user grants an app access to their camera and microphone, the app could do the following:

  • Access both the front and the back camera.
  • Record you at any time the app is in the foreground.
  • Take pictures and videos without telling you.
  • Upload the pictures and videos without telling you.
  • Upload the pictures/videos it takes immediately.
  • Run real-time face recognition to detect facial features or expressions.
  • Livestream the camera on to the internet.
  • Detect if the user is on their phone alone, or watching together with a second person.
  • Upload random frames of the video stream to your web service and run a proper face recognition software which can find existing photos of you on the internet and create a 3D model based on your face.

The information above is a small clip of what Dylan has shared with the world and, more specifically, The Guardian. You can read the full article HERE.

After coming across the article, I stumbled upon a mini documentary on YouTube (ironic) where you can see for yourself all of the things that are possible. I’ve embedded the video below.

Scared yet?

I managed to finish half of a box of cereal while watching this.

This is something that I just simply wanted to share with you and put on my blog because I, personally, find it very interesting. In my opinion, I don’t think these privacy issues will disappear; I, honestly, think they will get much worse (if that’s even possible).

Follow Dylan Curran on TwitterFacebook, and Patreon.

For some information on Facebook’s patents, click here.

Read Felix Krause’s (former Google engineer) blog here.

Stay Aware!



One Reply to “Invasion of “Privacy””

  1. I agree that is scary and it probably will get worse! So many things we think are cool new features are probably there to gather our information. Thank you for sharing!

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