In the last five years, smartphones have become extremely famous around the world. More and more people start to use them instead of feature phones. The smartphone market is so powerful that PC market has been threatened. Apple and especially Google dominate smartphone market just like Microsoft dominates PC market. People use smartphones to receive emails, shopping online, find place to eat, etc. However, recent study shows that smartphones are stealing users' information without consents of users.
According to a new research by security analyst Samy Kamkar, an Android (Google system based)phone not only collects its location information but also the name, location and signal strength of Wi-Fi-networks, and it transmits these data to Google without informing users. Google tends to create a huge database consists of these information which could be profitable. Obviously this kind of unauthorized behavior violates one of the most basic human rights, right of privacy. Not only Google, but also Apple Company does the same illegal thing.
I still remember once I searched on amazon for a sleeping bag as I needed one for a trip in Spring break. However, I couldn’t find any one suitable for me. As a result, I closed the website and went to a Sports webpage for daily news. What frightened me was that pictures of different kinds of sleeping bags with prices shown in the bottom were shown in the advertisement sponsor by Google. I felt astonished that the internet actually knew what I did and tried to remember it. My information was stolen and someone behind the internet utilized it for profit without my consent. I felt unsecure, afraid, and angry because my right of privacy was violated. Compared to computer, smartphones contains our contacts, credit card information and more personal things. What if this sensitive information could be obtained by others without our consent?
While enjoying the convenience of smartphone, we should pay attention to protect our rights of privacy. If not, companies like Google and Apple could be too powerful as they know everything about us.