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Google Looks to Patent Technology that Can Listen to Your Phone Calls and Base Advertisements Upon Them

In a recent move by Google, a patent filing was submitted for a new technology that can listen to the background noises of your phone calls and then base advertisements targeted to you according to what their services heard. Umm, what? Who would opt-in for something like that? For example, if you are chatting on the phone with a friend and your dog happens to bark, Google will then serve you an ad having to do with dog training or dog food.

It seems like a stretch that people would openly adopt an idea like this, but it exists and Google is looking to make it a reality. We are a long ways away from seeing it implemented most likely, but can anyone give us some ideas on why this would be a bad idea? Go!

Update:  A reader of ours pointed out that this patent was applied for some 4 years ago. Will we ever see it used? Tough to tell. Not exactly sure why it was brought up all of sudden. Maybe because of the privacy concerns that everyone has with Google and their new privacy policy?

Via: BGR

  • q`Tzal

    Better be free unlimited minutes and data plan.

    I forsee problems when I talk about needing to rent a TRUCK to go pick up some FERTILIZER for my large garden and fill up rental truck with DIESEL. There are too many words that might indicate criminal intent.

  • Tim

    my roomate’s ex-wife earned $17760 last month. she makes money on the laptop and moved in a $391700 condo. All she did was get fortunate and follow the advice written on this web site lazycash42 c()m

  • cb2000a

    The only way to have privacy anymore is to join the Amish. 

  • Fjfisher601

    Hmmm Illegal wirewtapping come to mind anyone ??

  • http://cashhuge.com

    my classmate’s mom brought home $13206 the prior week. she has been working on the computer and got a $551000 house. All she did was get fortunate and put in action the tips made clear on that web site  top of this comment

  • Rocky

    If you use Gmail you have already allowed them to read your emails. The position has been lost. 

  • Yeahhhhhhhhhh….THIS would be the reason why everybody’s paranoid of Google. {{o_0}}

  • DOWNEY1971

    Can you say SKYNET!

  • This isnt a blatant invasion on your privacy at all… :-/ I like google, and I know they get paid for ads. but this is just over the top

  • No….. Just no…