Your Smart TV Could Be Listening To Your Conversations
You might want to think twice before talking about your personal information in front of your smart TV.
According to The Week, Samsung is warning it's customers that it's smart TVs are listening to your every word and not to talk about personal information. There is a voice feature that can take your info and share it with Samsung and "third-party services"
"If a consumer consents and uses the voice recognition feature, voice data is provided to a third party during a requested voice command search," Samsung said in a statement. "At that time, the voice data is sent to a server, which searches for the requested content then returns the desired content to the TV."
Samsung said that it does not retain or sell the data but it didn't say anything about the third-party that translates speech. So basically, we won't know where the our info goes. But, this isn't the first time this has happened:
Samsung is not the first maker of a smart, net-connected TV to run into problems with the data the set collects. In late 2013, a UK IT consultant found his LG TV was gathering information about his viewing habits. Publicity about the issue led LG to create a software update which ensured data collection was turned off for those who did not want to share information. - BBC