Shhhh, your phone may be listening

Many people say their phones have been eavesdropping on them - is it true and how can you stop it?

When Ms Teh Hsiao Wei's beloved dog Kopi died last year, she decided to commission a friend to paint a picture of him to remember him by.

She told her husband about the plan over a meal and thought that was the end of it. That was, until she started noticing advertisements popping up on her Facebook account two days later - strangely specific ads promoting painting services for deceased pets.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 22, 2019, with the headline 'Shhhh, your phone may be listening'. Print Edition | Subscribe