Samsung Admits Their Smart TVs Spy On You



by Cheri RobertsChallenging the RhetoricThe Guerilla Media Network

Imagine turning on your new “smart” TV with voice command; imagine the President comes on and you suddenly go off with a litany of curse words for the country’s leader before you command your television to turn the channel. Now, imagine a knock on your door from the FBI or Secret Service …

Far fetched? Not necessarily.

In Samsung’s privacy policy “SmartTV Supplement” they admit that not only are you being recorded, but that your information is being shared. The clause reads,

Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.”

Corynne McSherry, the intellectual property director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation thinks this is merely so that Samsung can improve upon voice recognition commands, however the disclaimer is so vague that it can apply to any information it records and can be provided to any third party is wishes to.

The NSA maybe?

Samsung says all the information is encrypted and suggests users can always disable the feature or disconnect their Wifi to protect themselves, but what protections does the consumer really have? Like other digital devices, what protections are in place against hackers who may decide to tune into the Nightly You?


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