Google does spy on laptop microphones and spied on me

March 8, 2012 by  
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Author: Brian D. Hill

Source: USWGO Alternative News

Via We are Change

Note: Also before I am writing this my laptop was attacked by hackers again. Now I have to restore my laptop again right around when I am suppose to interview Dr. Michael Coffman via Webcam and Microphone.

I like to bring in this article a confirmed surveillance attempt by Google of my Laptops Microphone around April of 2011. It was even admitted on The Register in Sep 2006 that Google was developing eavesdropping software, that uses Audio ‘fingerprint’ for content-relevant ads, and that as I quote from their news website “to use the existing PC microphone to listen to whatever is heard in the background, be it music, your phone going off or the TV turned down. The PC then identifies it, using fingerprinting, and then shows you relevant content, whether that’s adverts or search results, or a chat room on the subject.”

When I was sued last year by Righthaven LLC, after my attorney allowed me to be interviewed by the NYTimes reporter Dan Frosch in April then a photographer was hired to go by my home, come in and take pictures of me for the newspaper.

I had my laptop upstairs which the photographer wanted to get photos of me with. So after she took the photos I was commenting on how nice her Cannon camera was and it looked like a fancy and expensive camera. I am a photographer myself and just love looking at cameras with more features and that’s more fancy. Although I got a wonderful digital camera but I just love looking at all these different cameras that different photographers use. After just a few comments about how I liked her fancy and expensive camera comment then somehow later on after the photographer left, I immediately saw ads in my GMail for my USWGO Admin email account since I have a Google Apps account for my domain at uswgo.com. Those ads were tailored to expensive and fancy Cannon cameras same as the one the NYTimes hired photographer was using when she took multiple photos of me. It freaked me out as I never did any search on fancy cameras like hers and yet GMail knew what I was talking about which had only meant that the Microphone embedded in my laptop, as in almost every laptop computer these days, was recording my conversations with the NYTimes photographer without either of out consent to tailor ads as if it recognized my voice patterns using advanced digital software in server boxes. I had no software or even GMail up and yet my microphone was being tapped by Google. Back then I can’t remember writing an article and probably because I couldn’t search the right keywords to back up my story with evidence likely because I was in utter shock over the spying. I may have had the Google Toolbar but it’s insane that I wasn’t even on GMail and yet GMail had ads tailored to the type of camera that the photographer was using and more expensive ones.

If this isn’t Big Brother spying on your own private laptop microphone then what is? This isn’t even the Government it’s a private corporation such as Google that is conducting surveillance of users Microphones without consent or even notification that every word the person says is being monitored and that Google has algorithms to identify what words come out of your own mouth.

The laptop was on, I was 1-2 feet away from my laptop whenever I had a conversation with the photographer and yet my laptop was able to capture audio fingerprints of my conversation with the photographer.

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10 Responses to “Google does spy on laptop microphones and spied on me”
  1. Anonymous says:

    WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for web

  2. Mark says:

    I have only been warning people to stay away from anything Google for over 15 years now; since Windoze 3.1.1

    Did anyone listen?

    Use Firefox, add NoScript plugin, change cookie handling to manual(ask every time), block 3rd party cookies, block all cookies with the word Google in them, mark all scripts with Google in the name as untrusted. Block everything with doubleclick in the name. Doubleclick is spyware Google purchased some years ago.

    You may want to allow scripts and cookies from YouTube so you can watch them, but I recommend finding a better video service, that Google doesn’t own.

    FYI but is anyone listening yet?

  3. sam says:

    Or maybe you just got ads for Cannon because you fit the profile of someone who likes that sort of thing.

  4. charlesnever says:

    I have been experiencing the same thing ALOT lately which is why I started searching for posts like this one. In the past month I have noticed the banners on my gmail account matching things that I was discussing in the same room as my laptop. I have also noticed several times now, the suggestions in google search matching what I was just talking about aloud. For instance, just now my girlfriend and I were talking about how we were going to cook asparagus for dinner. I went to Google and typed “How to” and the first suggestion was “How to cook asparagus.” This is not the first or even second time I’ve noticed this occurrence and strongly believe it’s not a coincidence. I would really appreciate it if anyone could shed some light on this.

    Cheers.

  5. Marty says:

    Same thing happened to me a couple of days ago (FRI Apr 6, 2012). While standing next to my laptop, I asked my wife if anyone made a powdered toothpaste that I could pack in my carry-on (so I wouldn’t have to pull out a bag). She said, “Some people using baking soda – maybe that would work.” I then turned around and started typing into google search. I only typed the word “brushing” and it auto completed with ” your teeth with baking soda.” We both freaked out. I turned of my mic off immediately.

  6. i noticed it for the first time today!! Last night while playing scrabble with my son, we were debating if GOUTY was a word…this morning i noticed TWO ads for Gout related products when I was websearching something completely different on google. I commented to my son how odd that was since I’d never searched for gout online and just a little bit ago he said to me do a search and see if anyone else noticed similar things happening to them and sure enough i found this article! I think the whole thing is creepy!

  7. kristin mak says:

    Hi Jack, Hi all. I do not doubt the veracity of this story one bit. I installed Skype and once I started using it, I noticed at certain times that I was getting “feedback” from my speakers from what was going into the microphone even if not logged into Skype, just during basic web browsing at home. I wasn’t suspicious enough to look for geared ads on gmail, however. I just thought it was odd how my speakers seemed to switch on at odd moments, usually if the ambient noise level increased so would the “dead air” emanating from my speakers- as if one was switching the microphone ON if there was a noise triggered in the room. It creeped me out, but I shrug it off as noninvasive myself. BUT- not only is the article story believable, it is possible. Why not? Why wouldn’t someone not take advantage of such a possibility? If webcams can be switched on remotely (and it HAS happened) then why not microphones?

    http://www.revleft.com/vb/google-spying-over-t127639/index.html?s=7c2fa96a35dc93d41bff3c51f6c3b49c&t=127639 I have a feeling that soon, if not already, there will be an INFLUX of cointelpro and useless links when searching online for other examples in the near future, for instance GARBAGE links one has to sift through in order to find the one GOOD example. For another non-google search, use ixquick.com or goduckgo. Take care guys and remember, those who seek the truth shall find it.

  8. cosimo says:

    Surely, after reading this post, we will disconnect all the microphones from our PCs and also cover all the cameras with some tape. Hoping that, as next step, we will not be forced also to obscure also all our home windows to avoid satellite surveillance !

    Google has entered the “dark side” long time ago. What will we do when any refusal to install their surveillance tools on our company’s PCs will be punished with banning from geogle search results ?

  9. Paulus says:

    Just happend to me on my android phone… Google voice search installed on phone & works great so they can detect keywords from my voice easily. My example was Adsense ads matching what I was just talking about (hiring a limosine) when I opened a website with adsense on!

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