Beware, your TV may be listening

Users of the voice recognition feature on Samsung’s internetconnected SmartTV have been warned that personal conversations could be recorded and transmitted to third parties.

A sentence buried in the television’s privacy policy advises users to be careful about what they say when using the software. The warning has raised questions about who the third party might be, how they would use the information and how the conversations are transmitted.

A Samsung spokesman told the US-based website The Daily Beast: “Samsung takes consumer privacy very seriously. In all of our Smart TVs we employ industry-standard security safeguards and practices, including data encryption, to secure consumers’ personal information and prevent unauthorised collection.”

Voice recognition which allows control of the TV with voice commands “can be activated or deactivated by the user”.

One Twitter user compared the policy to something orchestrated by the Thought Police in George Orwell’s Nineteen EightyFour.

– The Telegraph

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