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#1 NickAu

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 10:47 PM

 

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.

The company's privacy policy states: "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".

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.

http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/consumer-security/samsung-smart-tvs-will-listen-to-capture-and-transmit-your-private-conversations-company-warns-20150209-13a84o.html


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Posted 10 February 2015 - 04:57 PM

Voice recognition is notoriuosly unreliable anyway, so when you consider the privacy aspects (which are not surprising once you think about them, a voice recognition based "ON" button needs to be constantly listening) it's shocking anyone wuld want to use such systems. This finding is very much is like those screens in the novel 1984 and very concerning because of this, but the real moral of the story is that there is ALMOST no place in our world for voice recognition devices. Another thing to consider is if you do own a device which you are concerned might be listening to you, then conduct private conversations using a pen and paper which you burn/soak in water afterwards, unless televisions start building in cameras which are always on and for some reason placed ON THE CEILING above your table and sofa then they won't be reading such notes.

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 09:14 PM

dude, do you not watch CSI and NCIS, they can so track you by your voice lol.


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Posted 11 February 2015 - 07:11 AM

More Samsung news:

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 08:04 PM

I caught my TV ordering pizza and pasta for it and the refrigerator.






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