Verizon Seeks to Spy on Your Private Conversations: THEY WANT TO MONITOR YOU IN YOUR OWN HOME!

It’s no secret that pretty much anything we say and do is probably monitored by someone at some level. Americans have slowly given up their right to privacy in favor of modern convenience and technology. Although most Americans seem blissfully in favor of giving up their privacy, up until now most would probably object to someone listening in on their private conversations at home.

If Verizon has their way, that may soon change:

1984 Big Brother is Watching YouIf Verizon has their way, the once thought private sanctuary of your home may not be private for much longer. Verizon has applied for a patent to bug your home through what they’re calling “access devices” in order to better target you with their advertisements.

The Patent looks to introduce smart cable boxes, smart phones and DVR boxes that would be able to monitor everything you do. The access devices would become self-aware and listen for everything from fights with your spouse, to private pillow talk in order to serve up targeted ads.

If that doesn’t creep you out, the words from their patent should:

To illustrate, an exemplary ambient action may include the user eating, exercising, laughing, reading, sleeping, talking, singing, humming, cleaning, playing a musical instrument, performing any other suitable action, and/or engaging in any other physical activity during the presentation of the media content. In certain examples, the ambient action may include an interaction by the user with another user (e.g., another user physically located in the same room as the user).

To illustrate, the ambient action may include the user talking to, cuddling with, fighting with, wrestling with, playing a game with, competing with, and/or otherwise interacting with the other user.

In further examples, the ambient action may include the user interacting with a separate media content access device (e.g., a media content access device separate from the media content access device presenting the media content). For example, the ambient action may include the user interacting with a mobile device (e.g., a mobile phone device, a tablet computer, a laptop computer, etc.) during the presentation of a media content program by a set-top box (“STB”) device.

How long will Americans allow themselves to become lab rats for these companies? Not only does this cross the line from privacy into the realm of downright creepy, but how long will it take for the government to demand access to these private conversations?

With the growing symbiotic relationship between these tech companies and the federal government, it’s highly likely that all of this information will eventually find its way into the hands of some bureaucrat in the federal government. After last weeks attempt by the United States Senate to access your private email and social media conversations, I don’t think it’s a far leap to think they would go after your private conversations at home.


  1. CM
    December 5, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    I guess my next phone will be the ‘dumbest’ phone I can find. No camera, no Apps, not even going to anything except call or be called.

    There has to be a line drawn, and that goes WAY PAST IT.

    • Oscar
      December 5, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      better not have any friends then cause im sure somone will have a device monitoring its user interacting with another user aka you

      • Corey
        December 6, 2012 at 6:27 am

        That’s my method now too. I rock a cheap, prepaid mobile phone that does nothing but calls and texts. And it doesn’t even do calls all that well :) I’d love to get rid of my cell phone altogether, but the convenience is just too much to sacrifice.

        • Runner
          December 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm

          I hear that. I have a smart phone, but all I use it for is to call and text. I never use the apps. And I always have to worry about keeping the touch screen from getting scratched or cracked. I’m going to go back to a dumb phone that I can flip closed. If it wasn’t for the that possibility that I might need it to call for help in an emergency, I wouldn’t even have that.

  2. jerry
    December 6, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Well this isn’t new any phone or device with a speaker can be hacked reversing the polarity of s speaker coverts it to a microphone hackers have done this for a while. I wonder if any hackers will sue verizon for using their technology. Lol I use Verizon sorry for them my life is quite boring lol

  3. jerry
    December 6, 2012 at 1:18 am

    One more comment the only time my verizon phone is placed in a position optimal for recording what I do is when I muck my horse stalls I guess they will inundate me with horse crap advertising. Because of NDA documents I have signed I can’t say ho but this is actually old news since the late 90s government agencies and security companies have been doing this for a long time.

    • JAS
      December 7, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      You are obviously going to be inundated with ads for shovels and rubber boots ;)

  4. Joel
    December 6, 2012 at 4:28 am

    If allowed they just lost a customer!!! We all have choice as of now!!

  5. Xerxan
    December 6, 2012 at 9:29 am

    They try to put one of those boxes in my house and I’ll shoot the damn box, everytime…

    • curtis
      December 8, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      the electric company has a smart meter that does the same thing.

  6. Rev. dave
    December 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    To my way of thinking, this is an indicator that the consumer economy is breaking down as a whole. If there were products out there that you needed, you’d go find them and buy one, right?. If it were well made, you’d never need another. Since it’s not, you do need more, but probably won’t buy the same brand again. And since you DO NOT NEED most of the products and really none of the ‘services’ they intend to sell to you, they have to spy on your activities at every chance to try to target you better, and stick their damned ads into everything you see or hear, in order to try to get you to buy some crap you’re already not buying. Which tells me the entire consumerist economy is about to crash.

    And of course, if I’m correct, that really means we should all buy less stuff, shop for quality instead of price when we do buy, and save our cash to get out of debt. Because when “the system” collapses, you’re going to need good quality stuff, but not so much of it, and ‘style’ won’t be a consideration nor will downloading tunes or any other similar ‘service’ they want to sell.

    Think like your grandparents when it comes to spending money. My grandma used to say “If you can’t eat it, what good is it?”. That doesn’t leave much to buy, and requires an answer if it’s not a food item.

  7. CD
    December 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    they’ve been going to far for years, this takes the cake. This is also why I refuse to have a smartphone or use rewards cards. Its time everyone wises up and takes a stand.

  8. Draq wraith
    December 6, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Obviously you guys snoozed during the movie Batman the dark knight. Multiple devices working in conjunction with each other listening watching learning. It is the classic superspy.
    Guess this will be carnivore on steroids with the little brothers help.

  9. Joe
    December 7, 2012 at 12:29 am

    AY Goodbye to me VERIZON…
    I just upgraded 3 phone w/2 year contract. I may pay the early quit then qit your network,

    As the authors say, the GOVT already uses you phone to track your locations if you are suspected of a crime. How long do you think it will be before they demand information from these devices. WITH hr 37 YOUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH NEAR THE OFFICIALS PROTECTED BY THE ecret Service is already gone….
    Wit theses you will not be able to voice your dissent with government actions and candidates in your own home (car) or wherever else these can be deployed.

    If I’m fortunate I have 20 years left. My children and grandchildren will never grow up in the america I knew. Obama and other officials are already trouncing the Constitution at every turn….

  10. Beverly
    December 16, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    I guess its back to the ole cup/string/cup set up for me. I don’t need a phone attached to my ear every where I go now so it isn’t going to hurt when I down grade from here to just a land line. I also cover my video “eye” on my laptop too. I will have a hard time getting off the internet but if I have to I can go to the liberary if it came down to it. I am not going to give anyone any reason to use me or my family for advertise to me any more than they already do. I just hope the kids understand when they have to give up their ipods and other devices to keep our God given right to privacy. I just hope other people will be smart enough to give up now before it is in full effect so they aren’t so hard pressed when they are convicted of a crime they can’t fight against because the government has snatched your conversation, chopped it to match their accusations and then spliced it together in a neat package for the jury to hear the way that makes it undesputable. YIKES SCARES ME TO DEATH. Oh yeah and add the fact that the president can detain you indeffinately for crimes you MAY commit, good bye freedom hello prison bait.

  11. jerry
    January 7, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    i have an old dvr and my smart phone is 2 years old. the other thing is my phone sits in my dresser till i want to use it. it never see’s or hears anything but my underwear. if they hear me getting some at night well good luck to them i love an audience.maybe i will start performing in front of the camera. hahahaha they will blush very good when they see my member. show time baby scream for me

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