Nov 152016
 November 15, 2016  Posted by  Business, Surveillance

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai reports:

What’s that song? On your cellphone, the popular app Shazam is able to answer that question by listening for just a few seconds, as if it were magic. On Apple’s computers, Shazam never turns the microphone off, even if you tell it to.

When a user of Shazam’s Mac app turns the app “OFF,” the app actually keeps the microphone on in the background. For the security researcher who discovered that the mic is always on, it’s a bug that users should know about. For Shazam, it’s just a feature that makes the app work better.

Read more on Motherboard.

h/t, Joe Cadillic

UPDATE: Shazam, responding to the publicity and concerns, is changing Shazam:

Even though we don’t recognize a meaningful risk, we want to make this configuration change to show that we care, and we pay attention, and we want them to feel good about using Shazam on their Mac.

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