Samsung warns users not to discuss personal information in front of smart TVs

Samsung has warned customers that ‘smart TVs’ sitting in their homes are actually listening to everything they say.

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Feel like you’re being watched? Well, not far off – your TV may be listening to every word you say.

Electronics giant Samsung has confirmed that its ‘smart TVs’ are listening to customers’ every word and has warned customers not to talk about personal details in earshot of their TV sets.

As some users have pointed out, there are stark similarities between the reality of the technology as describes by Samsung’s own privacy policy and George Orwell’s ‘1984’ novel.

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The news was broken after Shane Harris at The Daily Beast pointed out this troubling paragraph in Samsung’s privacy policy:

“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.”

Let’s just hope they don’t learn to lip read.

Samsung went on to issue this statement in response: “Samsung takes consumer privacy very seriously. In all of our Smart TVs we employ industry-standard security safeguards and practices, including data encryption, to secure consumers’ personal information and prevent unauthorized collection or use,” the company said in a statement to The Daily Beast. “Voice recognition, which allows the user to control the TV using voice commands, is a Samsung Smart TV feature, which can be activated or deactivated by the user. The TV owner can also disconnect the TV from the Wi-Fi network.”