Shhh! The Samsung TV is Listening! Or is It?

Originally published at Breaking Modern:

This week it came out that Samsung was warning users of its new smart televisions to not discuss personal information around their TVs because it could be transmitted to a third party.

“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,” said the company’s privacy policy. A day after the so-called revelation, though, Samsung said it was removing the warning and that the Samsung TV doesn’t eavesdrop on or store conversations at all.

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7 thoughts on “Shhh! The Samsung TV is Listening! Or is It?

  1. I’ve known since my separation from service in 1969 (Vietnam War) that the government was keeping tabs on me. The wife & I suspected that there was a tap on our phone, and we know for a fact that our mail was being opened & read. We had devised a system with our German friends & family to seal the envelope with a hair glued underneath the flap. Neither they nor we ever received mail with the hair intact. You’d think that government agents would be smarter than that, wouldn’t you? But after all, it was the late 1960”s and early 1970’s.

    • Now the government would or could collect the hair as DNA samples to be dropped to place you at the scene of a crime, those fangy devils.

      • Ah, yes — but in those days the science of DNA hadn’t been developed; and they obviously never saw the hairs. Wife & I would have to be much more inventive today. 🙂

  2. ooh look, Beyonce! Exactly. I tried to offer some advice to a couple of relatives about the surveillance they were enabling with their activities on the Internet’n’Social Media, but they don’t want to hear it. If you can’t even get them to acknowledge that Bush and Cheney lied like crazy and launched a fake war that “created heroes” and enriched the military industrial complex at their loss – sheeesh, the bailouts opposed to the same money applied to societal ills, – Grrrrr….. don’t get me started! :^)