Samsung Warns: Don't Have Private Conversations in Front of Smart TV

Companies producing smart TVs often notify the user that the viewing data gleaned from their usage will be shared with advertisers.

Although Samsung provides an option to disable voice recognition, allowing the user to utilize predefined “voice commands” and insisting that the user’s words will not be transmitted, the usage data will still be transmitted for data mining purposes. The policy states: “If you do not enable Voice Recognition, you will not be able to use interactive voice recognition features, although you may be able to control your TV using certain predefined voice commands. While Samsung will not collect your spoken word, Samsung may still collect associated texts and other usage data so that we can evaluate the performance of the feature and improve it.”

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