posted on Jul, 13 2014 @ 04:06 AM
Facebook, Google, Apple, and others can use your phones microphone for product research. Additionally, if you scanned any items in your phone with a
QR code in those stores it could trigger getting an email. the QR code most often contains a link to a webpage for product information, but that
webpage can query your phone for things like email information (or a name and link it to an existing consumer database if not) and then send you ad's
from there. My first assumption would be your Facebook apps and such are simply listening in (which you give them permission to do in the EULA), but
my second assumption is that you used the phone for something like a QR code to get product information.
GPS tracking while possible is unlikely, you would get many more emails than you do if it were being done by GPS as every time you're in the vicinity
of a store (with a participating system) it would be triggered. For the most part this information hasn't yet been commercialized, but it will be
Next time try this: Take the batteries out of your cell phones (they will still listen while turned off) and then have a discussion and go shopping.
If you bought a phone that you can't take the battery out of, leave it at home.
edit on 13-7-2014 by Aazadan because: (no reason