Samsung TV’s are spying on you in your own home.
The invention of the smart TV has revolutionized our digital world.
No longer is the TV an idiot box that endlessly transmits mindless drivel into your home, it is a smart piece of equipment that can find information for you from the internet, it can tell you what the weather is going to be like today.
Many smart TV’s come with voice recognition built in, making communicating with your device even easier, but at what cost?
A picture of Mark Zuckerberg was circulated a few years ago in which it looked suspiciously like he had taped over the microphone and webcam on his own laptop, this aroused fears that he knew something the rest of the world didn’t – are the companies that we buy this technology from spying on us?
3 things about this photo of Zuck:
Camera covered with tape
Mic jack covered with tape
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— Chris Olson (@topherolson) June 21, 2016
Samsung have said that the process exists for them to provide a better service of voice recognition, they send their data to a separate company who sort and analyze the data, in the hope of providing you with a ‘better service’ in the future.
“If you do not enable Voice Recognition, you will not be able to use interactive voice recognition features, although you may be able to control your TV using certain predefined voice commands.
You may disable Voice Recognition data collection at any time by visiting the ‘settings’ menu. However, this may prevent you from using some of the Voice Recognition features.”
But, if like Zuckerberg you value your privacy more than you believe the policy of a faceless multinational corporation, you might want to use the remote instead.