Google, Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, and now Barbie.
Google has admitted to scanning your personal Gmail accounts to target ads based on common keywords found. They also record a lot of information “for your convenience” if you make are logged into Google or use a Chromebook. This includes every site you visit, every search term you use, the YouTube videos you watch and saving your passwords.
Microsoft records Skype instant messages (IMs) and has the potential for calls as well.
Apple records all Siri voice commands for an undetermined period of time. Microsoft records all Cortana voice commands.
We were too lazy to get up and walk over to a TV to change the channel so now we have remotes. Now we are even lazier because there are smart-TVs which listen for commands using voice-recognition features. This means the TV is constantly listening to all your conversations in your room, uploading those to the Internet to be processed, and determining if there are any commands in those voice recordings. They also save all the recordings for an undetermined amount of time to improve their products.
And if you still aren’t convinced big brother is watching you, we now allow our children to talk to Barbie, have that information uploaded and processed, and reply back. Parents can choose to have those audio files of conversations stored on a website which means hackers can access them as well. The “Hello Barbie” app (iOS and Android) uses authentication credentials that can be reused by hackers. It also connects a mobile device to any unsecured WiFi network who’s name includes the word barbie. You can use that information to access the home WiFi network and also everything that Hello Barbie is recording.
There is plenty of information out there going into more detail. Check out these articles:
Hello Barbie, Can We Talk About Your Security Issues?
Who is listening as your children talk to their toys?
EFF Sues Google for Snooping on Students
Big brother Microsoft listens in to your Skype IMs
Samsung’s warning: Our Smart TVs record your living room chatter
Insider says Siri and Cortana have recorded every word you’ve ever said to them