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Researchers put an iPhone and a Samsung phone into a room, playing cat and dog food advertising for 30 minutes. The security specialists kept apps open for Facebook, Instagram, Chrome, SnapChat, YouTube, and Amazon with full permissions granted to each platform…They repeated the experiment at the same time for three days, and noted no relevant pet food adverts on the “audio room” phones and no significant spike in data or battery usage. The results won’t surprise those in the information security industry who’ve known for years that the truth is that tech giants know so much about us that they don’t actually need to listen to our conversations to serve us targeted adverts. For some people, maybe the belief that phones secretly spy on us is less terrifying than learning how much data these corporations actually have on us.