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YIKES: Airtime Takes Photos Of Every User Who Is Using It

•, Steve Kovach
 That's according to Airtime's privacy policy, which states:
By using our Service, you are consenting to have your image and conversations recorded by Airtime. Airtime is taking snapshots of User Content may review User Content to maintain site safety and ensure a good user experience.

That's good if you want to avoid nasty shockers like we saw in the Chatroulette days, but it's bad if you're worried about a company recording snippets of your private conversations.

Forbes spoke with an Airtime rep and got more information:
Airtime does not record any audio or video conversations without the user’s explicit informed consent. Airtime takes snapshots of users periodically to ensure site safety. Text conversations are saved and visible to the user indefinitely in Airtime to provide a better user experience.

Video chat services like Skype, ooVoo, and Google+ Hangouts don't record your conversations, but that's because they're intended to connect you with people you already know. Airtime's mission is to connect you with strangers, so the service has to make sure it's safe and friendly for everyone else.

Bottom line: don't use Airtime for private conversations. And don't show your no-no parts. You'll be banned for life.

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Comment by Ed Price
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The simple caption for this article - the caption on the Front Page of Freedom's Phoenix - uses the words "screen ... captures." There is a key on your computer keyboard that says "Print Screen" or "Prt Scrn." If you depress this key, your computer takes a picture of whatever is displayed on your screen at the moment. You can paste the picture into the graphics program of your choice, and edit it like any other picture.

When you go to the grocery store, at the checkout, they often use "touch" screens to the checkout... at least part of the way. In fact, all over business, there are touch screens being used, where the user doesn't need to use a keyboard, where he can touch the screen for a response.

Now, put the two paragraphs, above, together. What you get is a screen that is sensitive enough that it can take actual photographs of whatever is in front of it.

What if this is available? What if your personal computer monitor screen can act like this? What if your cellphone touch screen can do this? What if the only thing that it takes to make virtually any monitor into a camera is, the proper application? What if this is being used to monitor you right now, without you even knowing it?

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