WATCH — Is your device spying on you?

Saara Chaudry
Story by Saara Chaudry and CBC Kids News • 2021-09-17 09:30

Experts say that's a bit of a stretch

Sometimes it can feel like you’re living in a spy movie and your phone is the bad guy.

You spent the whole summer dreaming about the latest pair of sneakers and then, wham!

You pick up your phone and suddenly you’re seeing ads all over your social media feeds for those very same shoes.

Creepy, right? So what exactly is going on here?

Yes, it’s definitely possible that the software on your device is listening to you, especially if you rely on a digital assistant like Alexa or Siri to help navigate your day.

But experts say there isn’t much evidence to show that you’re being spied on.

In fact, the reason your device knows so much about you, is actually much simpler than that: it has to do with your everyday habits.

Click play to hear CBC Kids News contributor Saara Chaudry explain, in three minutes or less.

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About the Contributor

Saara Chaudry
Saara Chaudry
CBC Kids News Contributor
Saara is passionate about having a positive impact on the world, whether it's within her community, on the big screen, or in her role as a CBC Kids News contributor. The grade 12 student from Toronto played Little Cosette in Les Miserables, Howie on Max & Shred, Dana's older sister on Dino Dana, and Martina Crowe on The Mysterious Benedict Society. Outside of film and media, Saara is an award-winning international debater and public speaker. She is the current Ontario Debate and Public Speaking Champion. She is also a vociferous advocate for gender and racial equality, as well as girls' education. Saara was recently appointed a UNICEF Canada Youth Advocate in 2020.

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