Watch Out! Your Devices May be Spying on You…

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Watch Out! Your Devices May be Spying on You…

Taylor Hertwig, Staff Writer

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The Fourth Amendment guarantees all people the right to privacy. However, with the help of technological advances, our right to privacy has been infringed upon. Companies, corporations, and the government are becoming unnecessarily intrusive in our personal lives. Technology has become so important to everyone that companies feel they need to know everything about its users ( Dowell 1).

Little do Intelligent Personal Assistants users such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home users know their devices are subtly spying on them. The Amazon Echo is a device created by Amazon that sits in your house and listens for commands to complete. It is always on, therefore it is always storing data on what we are saying in the comfort of our own homes (Atherton 3). The Google Home has been known to do the same thing. Considering these devices are kept in homes users wouldn’t even question the possibility of recordings of them which may be worrisome.

Another way technology is spying on people is through internet ads. Have you ever gotten an ad on Instagram or Snapchat that was with something you recently searched on the web? Well most social media users have. Websites searched online are saved through tracking cookies on your device, which is why you might find recurring ads on Google, Instagram, or SnapChat. “Cookies are small files that a web server automatically sends to your computer’s web browser (think Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer) when you browse certain websites” (Berke 1).  

All in all, we have to accept the fact that technology has become a big part of our everyday life. But along with this comes the possibility of identity theft, hacking, and being spied on by companies and the government. Because of this we need to make sure we are not feeding our devices too much of our personal information. The less personal information we store in our devices, the less of chance we have of being hacked and people finding out everything about us.