Samsung Admits Your Tv Is Spying On You

February 10, 2015   |   Joseph Lemieux

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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24 Comments

  1. My question – what can we do about it?

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  2. My question – what can we do about it?

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  3. I don't own a tv but what about other brands. or my cell phone or my laptop. I turn off location services anyways on my phone. How can we get this privacy invasion to stop completely? I haven't found a suitable cave on a beach to live in yet. 🙂 But remember the story a few years ago about school laptops that were spying on students through the camera? Could see into their bedrooms and if I remember correctly – there were no indictments or arrests. (can you say child porn)

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  4. I don't own a tv but what about other brands. or my cell phone or my laptop. I turn off location services anyways on my phone. How can we get this privacy invasion to stop completely? I haven't found a suitable cave on a beach to live in yet. 🙂 But remember the story a few years ago about school laptops that were spying on students through the camera? Could see into their bedrooms and if I remember correctly – there were no indictments or arrests. (can you say child porn)

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  5. Steve Cairo You may have missed a key bit of information here: This invasion of privacy does NOT just pertain to "smart TVs". Electronics keep advancing, keep getting "smarter". Yesterday i saw a fridge that could connect to the internet, it even had a touchscreen monitor complete with high quality speakers. Anything, and as it appears, everything, is capable of this infringement. You yourself, without buying a "smart TV" are already a victim to this infringement, as the phone i know very well you have picks up on anything (and everything) that you do.

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  6. Doesn't matter if you turn off location services or not, your service provider can always tell where you are as can 911 services. There is no way to turn those off. Every cell phone camera on smart phones can also be remotely activated. All we can do is keep trying to press our congressmen/women.

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  7. The tv should just record your voice for certain commands to remember for later usage of it's features. Not record everything said in front of it!

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  8. Justin Wilmas Small round band aid over camera works nicely.

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  9. A small round band aid over camera.

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  10. google Vizio Smart Interactivity. Got a message on the tv a couple weeks ago saying it has been auto activated and this message will disappear in 1 minute. Guess Nielsen tv ratings is now obsolete. Anything you do on your tv or in front of is now trackable. No worry though I'm sure you can trust them wholefuckingheartedly!

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  11. And they and hackers can use your camera on your tv, laptop, or any other device to watch you. Is yours pointed toward your bed??

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  12. actually a faraday cage will easily block all incoming and outgoing radio signals i believe they sell pouches that will do this. the police use them……

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  13. Many other tech devices do similar things…phones, pc's, email…all being watched by NSA. See and 'like' my facebook.com/123poopitout and see the blog links for discussion 🙂

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  14. This is nothing but business. Samsung growth is unstoppable. This kind of ads will slow them down. This is only business competition.

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  15. I think we should know that we no longer have privacy, it was there during the era of constricted understanding and awareness. Because, now, even without electronic devices, someone can see whatever you are doing if they want to, through remote-viewing and astral travel, and probably other multiple means (clairvoyance, clairaudience, clair-xxxxx). Especially so if you are a valuable "commodity" for authorities or just the public figure. Btw, what are we hiding? Openness and transparency is the rule of the new game of life. However, we should condemn and punish blackmailing so that this new found accessibility to heretofore private information is not used abusively! Yes this is the most challenging time which, certainly, we will grow out of it stronger and more evolved a dimension higher, assuming we come out in 'one piece'!! All in all, it is the necessary development for the race!

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  16. Don't hook it up to the Internet. Solved

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