Privacy is a big concern these days.
I have experienced some bizarre experience with privacy. I have talked with a few people and they agreed on experiencing similar experience. Just want to have an opinion on bigger scale via
Instance 1: We are seeing relevant ads on the things which we discussed with our friends face to face (not on phone). Please note we didn't google search about that product on phone, neither we discussed that product on call/text with anyone.
How did they get to know we want to do some research around that product? Are they collecting our data even when we are not using the phone?
While discussing privacy, I have seen few people tend to keep the phone away (not on the table, but in pocket or bag). After asking they say, there might be chances that our conversation is being recorded, even though we are not using the phone.
This sounds a bit weird, but I have bit believe in this theory/hypothesis/whatever because there are many people who try to put labels on their laptop camera when not in use. It just because of privacy concerns.
Instance 2 [mostly with YouTube]: There are many instances when we see relevant videos (not ads) on the things which we haven't discussed with anyone. It just we thought on that product for a while. We haven't discussed with anyone nor did google search on that. We just thought about it for a while. And we start seeing the suggested video on it.
Are these apps owners collected so much data so that they can very easily able to predict our next move or interest area? Even though it's a very new interest area or product. If this is the case then it can very easily influence our way of thinking and what we think.