The Creepy New App That Lets People Listen in On Your Conversations

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 01:03 PM

New Yorkers check their smartphones in midtown Manhattan on a cold day in January. (Natalie Fertig/WNYC)

Why leave eavesdropping on phone calls to law enforcement? With the new app Crowdpilot, you can invite anyone to listen in on your phone calls. 

The idea is that you invite people to listen to a live stream of your phone call. Though listeners can't participate, they can offer you text-based advice on how you should proceed in your conversation. It even comes with a handy array of categories for your calls including "argument," "meeting," and "date."

Of course, the CrowdPilot's terms of service strongly recommend that users inform anyone on the call that other people will be listening in, but there's no built-in mechanism to inform them. Given all the news lately about state-sponsored surveillance, the appeal of an app like this is lost on me.

Still, I'm sure it will appeal to the same casual online voyeurs that services like ChatRoulette have catered to in the past. And it will make me just a tiny bit more paranoid than I was yesterday.

(h/t Forbes)


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Comments [4]

Joshua from Bellevue

Get it

Feb. 06 2015 10:50 PM
Kenneth Farrell

This is tantamount to illegal wire tapping and abridges our fourth amendment rights.

May. 28 2014 01:19 PM
Mark randal

In states like California it is only legal if both parties know someone us listening

Mar. 03 2014 12:44 AM
Jason from Manhattan

Their soundbites on their web site are disturbing alone, but the first thing I thought of was this would be a great tool to help train salespeople. I manage a few and it would let me be able to listen into their calls and help them improve how they handle clients and situations. But honestly, that's the most optimistic use I can think of. Otherwise, these is a complete creep-out and should be illegal (if the other party is not properly informed).

Feb. 19 2014 07:53 AM

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