Facebook Has Submitted A Patent Application For Spying On Users Via Webcams And Smartphones
Well, this isn’t cool, Facebook. A newly discovered patent application reveals that Facebook would like to start spying on its users via their computer’s webcams and smartphone cameras to, you know, help them make more money. That’s not the least bit creepy and/or scary at all.
(As if they aren’t already doing that, am I right? Hello? Zuckerberg?)
This patent, filed in 2014, could mean that Facebook would be able to target their ads even MORE than they already do now. Oh goodie!
“Computing devices such as laptops, mobile phones, and tablets increasingly include at least one, and often more than one, imaging component, such as a digital camera. Some devices may include a front-facing camera that is positioned on the same side of the device as a display. Thus, during normal operation, a user may be looking towards the imaging component. However, current content delivery systems typically do not utilize passive imaging information. Thus, a need exists for a content delivery solution that takes advantage of available passive imaging data to provide content to a user with improved relevancy.”