It is not the first time that we are hearing about a technology giant trying to spy into your web and emails to target you with innumerable ads but it is probably the first time we are hearing that the popular smartphone maker ‘Samsung’ is doing it. The phones made by the company use a technology that can spy on what the user is reading and watching online.
Samsung phones use tech that monitor emails in your inbox
According to the report by the news site ‘The Sun’, the phones of the South Korean smartphone maker switch onto spy mode after they are alerted by a “beacon.” The said beacon is often embedded in signals hidden in online adverts or in web pages. “Samsung want to get to know you – but they are behaving like a peeping Tom,” said Jim Killock, Executive Director of Open Rights Group.
Mr. Killock added that the South Korea based smartphone maker has taken spying on its customers to a whole new level. He added, “What you can’t see, and can’t hear, won’t worry you — or so it hopes. It needs to own up and switch it off before their customers wise up and ditch them.”
Samsung admits that it uses beacon
The report by The Sun adds that the smartphone agrees they are doing it (using beacons) for a variety of purposes including to analyze how the phones are being used and to provide ads and content that are more relevant to their users.