Google Caught Spying Without Consent: Eavesdropping Tool May Be Installed On Your Device

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It has recently been exposed that Google’s Chrome has been remotely installing a component via the Chromium browser which allows your computer to perform as an “open microphone,” and largely without users’ permission. Though Google claims it is a tool meant to support its new “OK, Google” hotword detection, privacy advocates claim the component is involuntarily activated without users’ knowledge. Once installed, some have noticed their webcams or microphone indicator lights turn off and on randomly, during which time the ...

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