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TechnoBarbarian wrote

The answer is probably not all the time, not because they couldn't but because these companies don't need them too. They already have your location, who you hang out with, what their talking about, what all your friends watch, everything you search, where you go to work, who works at your work, what they watch, what they do in their free time, etc.

Most of the time that's enough to deduce things that are damn uncanny. Not even mentioning that they have this data on so many people that they can spot underlying patterns. Then do stuff like figure out if someone is pregnant before they know it themselves.

But I don't think everyone phones are always sending all their audio back to some server.