February 10, 2015   |   Joseph Lemieux
February 10, 2015
(ANTIMEDIA) Ever since the Snowden leaks, privacy advocates have been ever vigilant, and rightfully so. What’s the point of privacy if it’s merely an idea? Does the idea of any electrical device recording your every move worry you? Maybe your toaster is even listening.
What many don’t realize is their cell phones do just that, and people carry them everywhere. Your phone carriers have access to GPS data, access to your device’s microphone, and even location data of where pictures were taken. While companies claim many of these intrusive methods are merely for marketing, it simply does not coincide with privacy.
Now these methods are a very jarring reality for many, and it’s about to get a whole lot weirder. Your cellphone’s listen in, but did you know, so does your television.
Samsung has left an interesting bit of information in the fine print, pertaining to the capabilities of their voice recognition software inside Samsung smart TV’s. Samsung explains that when voice recognition is activated, it listens to your voice, and then converts what you said into a text form. Once everything has been logged, they send the data to a third party.
Samsung specifically addresses that any and all personal information said in front of the television, will be in the data sent to third parties. Now they claim this is only happening when the voice recognition is activated, but many Americans are probably unaware of this feature’s personal security breaches.
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.
A feature like this could be used for marketing, but it could also be used for nefarious reasons. Does anyone actually feel comfortable with these types of devices? How many bank accounts or identity details could be leaked? Is the risk worth them going through your data to present you with a new product you might enjoy?
This is something consumers should be aware of, and it shouldn’t be in the fine print. This could go even farther if other companies adhere to the same privacy standards as Samsung.
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