Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Jun 2015 16:02 UTC

Yesterday, news broke that Google has been stealth 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. In official statements, Google shrugged off the practice with what amounts to "we can do that".

Remember how everyone used to make fun of people like Richard Stallman? Way back in 2012, we already reached the point where we had to acknolwedge Richard Stallman was right all along (useless sidenote: this is one of the three most popular OSNews articles of all time). In recent years, people have been putting stickers and tape on their laptops to cover up built-in webcams. The next step is, apparently, to rip out the built-in microphones, too. That's what you get when you entrust a major technology company with automatic updates.

If it runs software from any of the major companies, your computer isn't yours. Handle it accordingly.

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Comment by neticspace
by neticspace on Tue 23rd Jun 2015 05:20 UTC
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I stopped using Chrome because of the privacy issue and the increasing number of errors of "frequent updates". I think Google is going to fail hard in 2-3 years.

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RE: Comment by neticspace
by caudex on Tue 23rd Jun 2015 11:15 in reply to "Comment by neticspace"
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More like 20-25 years from now. 2-3 years is nothing for a company which litteraly is the smart phone and search market.

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