Remote control: Samsung TVs are spying on you
Shouting at the telly might be a good thing. Samsung says its smart televisions with a ‘voice” function are listening.
“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), responds:
“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.”
“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.”
Which makes you wonder what the spooks are doing with such key information supplied by the gobby and supine as “Rooney you f**& monkey”, “There’s nothing on the telly” and “Oh, I’ve seen this one”.
In other news: the remote control is reading your mind.