Samsung’s Smart TV May Be Spying On You Right Now

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Samsung SmartTV has generated a curious and surprising controversy over the privacy recently . These TVs can handle voice and Samsung warns that if your words include personal data, the TV can be transmitted to third party companies.

You can control your SmartTV, and use many of its features, with voicecommands. If you enable Voice Recognition, you can interact with your Smart TV using your voice. To provide you the Voice Recognition feature, some voicecommands may be transmitted (along with information about your device, including device identifiers) to a third-party service that converts speech to text or to the extent necessary to provide the Voice Recognition features to you. In addition, Samsung may collect and your device may capture voice commands and associated texts so that we can provide you with Voice Recognition features and evaluate and improve the features.

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 through your use of Voice Recognition.

In other words, the Samsung SmartTV are connected to the Internet, you can listen and post what you say to other companies. And if watching TV you dictate your credit card number or explain your love life, the TV could also send that information. Members of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) have similar privacy policy.

This debate now arises when services, with and without voice, in TVs and other devices leading share our information with outside companies, personal, private and otherwise. True, the always active listening component adds a disturbing but Samsung is really doing something illegal? The answer is No.  Nor, though it would be interesting to compare one by one the privacy policies of the TVs connected to the Internet and voice recognition.

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