Samsung SmartTVs listen to the ambient conversations in the room; these conversations are sent to third parties.
- Corynne McSherry, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
- Parker Higgins, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
Samsung Smart TVs Do Not Monitor Living Room Conversations; editor; In Samsung Tomorrow; 2015-10.
Commencing … <quote>Samsung takes consumer privacy very seriously and our products are designed with privacy in mind. </quote>
Continuing … <quote>Voice recognition takes place in two ways:</quote>
- Voice Recognition
- Nuance Communications Inc.
- Yahoo’s, IntoNow technology.
Archaeological order, newer derivatives on top; older, more original material, buried below.
- Samsung says its TVs aren’t creeping on your living room conversations; Chris Welch; In The Verge; 2015-02-10.
- Not in front of the telly: Warning over ‘listening’ TV; Staff; In BBC News; 2015-02-09; previously filled.
Teaser: Quiet, your TV can hear you
- Today In Creepy Privacy Policies, Samsung’s Eavesdropping TV; Natasha Lomas; In TechCrunch; 2015-02-08.
- Your Samsung SmartTV is Spying On You, Basically; Shane Harris ; In The Daily Beast; 2015-02-05.
Teaser: You may be loving your new Internet-connected television and its convenient voice-command feature—but did you know it’s recording everything you say and sending it to a third party?
<quote>You can control your SmartTV, and use many of its features, with voice commands. If you enable Voice Recognition, you can interact with your Smart TV using your voice. To provide you the Voice Recognition feature, some voice commands may be transmitted (along with information about your device, including device identifiers) to a third-party service that converts speech to text or to the extent necessary to provide the Voice Recognition features to you. In addition, Samsung may collect and your device may capture voice commands and associated texts so that we can provide you with Voice Recognition features and evaluate and improve the features. 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.</quote>
<quote>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. While Samsung will not collect your spoken word, Samsung may still collect associated texts and other usage data so that we can evaluate the performance of the feature and improve it.
You may disable Voice Recognition data collection at any time by visiting the “settings” menu. However, this may prevent you from using all of the Voice Recognition features.</quote>
- Samsung Appears to e Stuffing Pop-Up Ads for Yahoo In Its Smart TVs;;Steve Kovach; In Business Insider; 2015-01-20.
- Yahoo Broadcast Interactivity, a trade name.
- Exit Smart Hub
- press Menu on your Samsung Remote
- and scroll to
- Smart Hub
- Terms & Policy
- Check: “I disagree with the Yahoo Privacy Notice.”
I’m terrified of my new TV: Why I’m scared to turn this thing on — and you’d be, too; Michael Price (Brennan Center, NYU); In Salon; 2014-10-30; previously filled.
Teaser: From facial recognition to personal data collection, this thing is downright scary — and so are the implications
- 50% of Connected TVs Arent’ Connected; Karl Bode; In DSL Reports; 2012-02-21
- HDCP 2.2 DRM stifling 4K
- 4K content protection will frustrate consumers more than pirates: Meet HDCP 2.2; In Techhive; undated (2014?)