While social media companies have spent years denying that their apps are recording your private conversations, the truth is finally coming out.
For years, smartphone users have been growing increasingly suspicious that their devices are listening to them to feed them advertisements and to "enhance their experience" on third-party apps. Companies like Google and Facebook have consistently denied these claims, saying that targeted ads and messages are merely a coincidence, and that data for these services are taken in other ways.
However, earlier this year during the Cambridge Analytica scandal we began to see some of the first hints that our phones may actually be listening to us.
Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie says that they have probably been listening all along. During an appearance before the UK parliament, Wylie said, "There's audio that could be useful just in terms of, are you in an office environment, are you outside, are you watching TV, what are you doing right now?"