A few months ago, I did a post on something I found to be very odd, and felt that there may have been an invasion of my privacy with Google. In the post which was titled….”How Did Google Find Out About That?”, I went on to say that I was receiving new offers for VOIP telephones. I wasn’t searching for them online, and wasn’t emailing anyone asking for more information on this type of internet phone system. I did however, have a telephone conversation with a client and we discussed the benefits of using VOIP telephone systems, and all of the bells and whistles that went along with them. After the conversation, a more detailed discussion happened in our offices. As the old blog post detailed, I then started to get offers in the mail, email, and phone solicitation for VOIP phones. I thought it was possible that Google was listening to my conversations in the office.
A few days ago, an article was published about software that has been downloaded onto Google Chrome, (which we all use in the office at Hit Me SEO) and in a very sneaky way, authorizes the listening of audio over the computer. You can check out this article from Alex Cope.
I don’t know about you, but this scares the hell out of me. Google is downloading all of our personal conversations, where the information is being sent is unknown at this time. It will probably not be a surprise to you that Google is listening, but it really is disappointing that our privacy has become such a joke.
Although there will be a lot more details released over the next several weeks, you may want to be cautious of using Chrome, and whatever you do…..Don’t say the words OK, Google.