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#1 abra

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 06:55 AM

Not in front of the telly: Warning over 'listening' TV

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Samsung said personal information could be scooped up by the Smart TV

 

Samsung is warning customers to avoid discussing personal information in front of their smart television set.

The warning applies to TV viewers who control their Samsung Smart TV using its voice activation feature.

Such TV sets 'listen' to every conversation held in front of them and may share any details they hear with Samsung or third parties, it said.

Privacy campaigners said the technology smacked of the telescreens, in George Orwell's 1984, which spied on citizens.

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The warning came to light via a story in online news magazine the Daily Beast which published an excerpt of a section of Samsung's privacy policy for its net-connected Smart TV sets.

The policy explains that the TV set will be listening to people in the same room to try to spot when commands are issued. It goes on to warn: "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, an intellectual property lawyer for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) which campaigns on digital rights issues, told the Daily Beast that the third party was probably the company providing speech-to-text conversion for Samsung.

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Personal or sensitive information could be captured by the TV, Samsung said

She added: "If I were the customer, I might like to know who that third party was, and I'd definitely like to know whether my words were being transmitted in a secure form."

Soon after, an activist for the EFF circulated the policy statement on Twitter comparing it to George Orwell's description of the telescreens in his novel 1984 that listen to what people say in their homes.

In response to the widespread sharing of its policy statement, Samsung has issued a statement to clarify how voice activation works.

It said the privacy policy was an attempt to be transparent with owners in order to help them make informed choices about whether to use some features on its Smart TV sets, adding that it took consumer privacy "very seriously".

Samsung said: "If a consumer consents and uses the voice recognition feature, voice data is provided to a third party during a requested voice command search. 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."

It added that it did not retain voice data or sell the audio being captured. Smart-TV owners would always know if voice activation was turned on because a microphone icon would be visible on the screen, it said.

The third-party handling the translation from speech to text has not been named.

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.

 

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#2 dvang

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 06:56 AM

1984 vibes  :._.:




#3 lipslocked✿

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 06:59 AM

:derp:




#4 Temptastic VII

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 07:00 AM

Not a good enough reason to stop tbh

 

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#5 ryuseralover

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 07:02 AM

lol




#6 25%Cotton

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 07:02 AM

turn that shit off.

use a fucking remote.




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Posted 09 February 2015 - 07:03 AM

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is that the actual size of it cos hot damn it's bigger than I am


#8 Jeffrey Jung

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 07:06 AM

http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/80...

is that the actual size of it cos hot damn it's bigger than I am

i'm pretty sure there's a few inches difference because there's no way those TVs are going in the box without safety cases/sponges




#9 Skibop!!

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 07:07 AM

not surprised




#10 Symphony™

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 07:29 AM (Edited by Symphony™, 09 February 2015 - 07:29 AM.)

Unplugging my TV and all my electrical devices before I have sex now.




#11 chichibio

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 07:31 AM

Look at straight at the tv and make your voice louder to establish dominance.


#12 Nev Schulman

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 07:33 AM

Well some people like their sex a bit more daring

Well what else are u going to put on to cover sex noises? A radio?


#13 Joon

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 07:50 AM

http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/80...

is that the actual size of it cos hot damn it's bigger than I am

 

Thats a 60 inche tellivision but the box is probably the size of a 70-80 inch TV lol.




#14 MySeaYeon

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 08:10 AM

what if im having sex with my TV ???? oh shit.......runs away




#15 AnthroOutlaw

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 08:12 AM

Well I know which TV NOT to buy.




#16 parasyte

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 08:25 AM

Smart TV master race will become self aware soon. Samsung = Cyberdyne.




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Posted 09 February 2015 - 08:50 AM

I'm getting some bad vibes...

 

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If my TV got ruined and I had loads of money to buy any new one I wanted, this one wouldn't even be considered after hearing that...




#18 mgl

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 09:00 AM

Voice control on a TV when you have a remote is the ultimate laziness. Just turn it off.




#19 Joon

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 09:24 AM

I just bought a 65 inch samsung tv lol

 

oh well. Your phone probably hears everything to and its always in the room with me 




#20 SlaveMaster

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 09:29 AM

Voice control on a TV when you have a remote is the ultimate laziness. Just turn it off.

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