Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:18 PM
Electric Monk (13,869 posts)
Your phone apps (Angry Birds, Bible quotes, etc) can be spying on your other habits
What is going on, according to experts, is that applications such as Angry Birds and even more innocuous-seeming software, such as that which turns your phone into a flashlight, defines words or delivers Bible quotes, are also collecting personal information - usually the user's location and gender and the unique identification number of a smartphone. But in some cases, they cull the information from contact lists and pictures from photo libraries.
As the internet goes mobile, privacy issues surrounding phone apps have moved to the front lines of the debate over what information can be collected, when and by whom.
But if you think you can rest easy at home when you are not on your mobile phone, think again.
Eric Horvitz, who joined Microsoft Research 20 years ago with a PhD in computer science, is about to get his long-awaited payoff - the advanced computing technologies he has spent decades working on are being incorporated into numerous Microsoft products.
Next year's version of the Excel spreadsheet program, part of the Office suite of software, will be able to comb very large amounts of data. For example, it could scan 12 million Twitter posts and create charts to show which Oscar nominee was getting the most buzz.
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