If you have a Samsung Smart TV with voice recognition in your lounge room, it might be worth making sure the feature's deactivated and a piece of tape is over the microphone before you make any private or sensitive statements.
The South Korean technology giant has told users of the voice recognition feature that anything heard by the television may be whisked away by the company over the internet and sent to a third party.
It adds the warning 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".
If you disable voice recognition the television will still listen out for key command phrases, and "Samsung may still collect associated texts and other usage data so that we can evaluate the performance of the feature and improve it".
You can disable data collection entirely through the settings menu, which will also disable all voice command capabilities.
Privacy campaigners have branded the policy "outrageous" and made comparisons to George Orwell's description of telescreens, which spied on citizens in his novel 1984.