Google listening to your phone calls?
A look at company's new tech patent
- Duration 4:34
- Date Apr 21, 2012
A look at company's new tech patent
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Google was just granted a patent that would that allow them to analyze background noises during phone calls.
They say to target ads on that information.
-- -- -- cyber security consultant joins us this evening thank you -- for being with us again.
And -- all right now Google gets its new patented something about advertising based on environmental conditions what does it do.
But basically what it's designed to do is -- supposed to give who -- it a way of listening in on your phone conversations.
But telling not necessarily listen to this speech that you're you.
Using his -- talking to your friends.
But what it does do is it allows them to pick up the environmental noises that are going on around you so for example let's say you walking down the street and -- they happen to hear.
-- nearly a particular.
Noise from a store something like that they can pick up that -- Rain authorities have bell old.
Anything like that and they can use that ambient noise to Cindy directed advertisement to you so what's -- you're sitting on the beach.
You swimwear guess what they'll they'll see just when we're advertisement.
Are now in order to hear the background noise behind you so that they can target -- Doesn't mean they're listening to your conversation.
They have to be.
There is no way that what they can do is they can use technology to strip out the voice and then just go into the background -- they can do that but it's very hard to do that in real time.
So if they did it under normal ways abnormal conditions.
It would take them a long time to actually send you that message up up.
-- that they -- doesn't require them to do I gotta tell you kernel with all due respect.
I mean isn't that a violation of the federal wiretapping statute.
Well it would have to be a certain certainly something that borders that judge because what happens there is they are listening in exactly in the way that the wiretapping statute was intended to stop people from listening in.
They they are doing something that is really.
All of the freedoms that we're looking for.
And it is very very difficult.
For Google to say that they are not listening in what you're saying because they have to do that in order to pick of the ambient noise of the conversation in the back and you congress.
Of course an NSA global cyber expert and a former intelligence officer.
Does this -- very much because what we're looking at here is what kind of training does Google have.
You know what kind of training -- -- giving their employees when I was in the military and working these kinds of issues we got extensive training that told us.
These are things you can do these -- the things you can -- this is how you need to get -- and this is when you need to get a warrant and these are the kinds of things that we have protection her.
Think -- warrant they -- just listening -- -- Well and that support the problem because people are buying these phones without really understanding what they're giving up.
All right let's listen to what Google has to say.
They respond by saying we filed patent applications -- a variety of ideas that our employees come up where it.
Some of those ideas later mature into real products -- services -- don't.
Perspective product announcement should necessarily be inferred from our patent applications.
That were granted are now.
What -- Google gets the pat.
And at the end of the day I'm an undercover cop on the battered woman in a shelter for battered women and witness protection.
-- want anyone to know where I am or listening to my conversation.
Because maybe -- that your train maybe if -- I've seen some movies all the I apps windows hadn't ruled it.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- But what actually happens is that they still -- -- no matter what they do.
-- -- real fans colonel.
Pat allows them to analyze background of photos you take on your videos and and and your phone what are the implications.
All kinds implications it until we live they can tell where you've been -- -- -- possibly we're going.
All the kinds of classic things that people do an espionage thrillers they can really create problems for people in -- battered woman's shelter and witness protection.
Undercover people that are working for the US government all kinds of possibilities and it's a real problem for -- -- liberties in general.
Well -- kernel it's always good to have -- and I gotta tell you it seems like Google is taking us into the abyss.
Thanks for being let us.