The Wall Street Journal reports that numerous researchers are using information gathered from phones to decipher otherwise hidden social patterns, relationships, spending habits, and even political views of their respective owners.

The Wall Street Journal has recently reported that numerous researchers across a variety of platforms are using as much data as they can “harvest” from smartphones to decipher and plot down otherwise hidden social patterns, relationships, spending habits, and even political views of their respective owners. Such data is reportedly captured by calls, motion sensors, proximity sensors, ambient light sensors, cameras, compasses, gyroscopes, and accelerometers.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

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