Ya hey…if ever you need a reason to be suspicious that big brother is watching or listening to you then let this warning from Samsung be that reason. The electronics giant has warned that private conversations near it’s SmartTV’s will be captured and sent it to a third party. So basically those voice recognition SmartTV’s are not only listening for you to say ‘power on’, but also listen and record any other stuff you blurt out includinge sensitive information and then send it to a third party.
“If you enable Voice Recognition, you can interact with your Smart TV using your voice. To provide you the Voice Recognition feature, some voice commands may be transmitted (along with information about your device, including device identifiers) to a third-party service that converts speech to text or to the extent necessary to provide the Voice Recognition features to you. In addition, 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.” [Samsung]
Well ok then.
As always with privacy policies this isn’t actually as bad as it seems…well according to Samsung anyway who explain it by saying he data is encrypted and there’s not actually some nerd sitting in a room listening to conversation.
You never know though.
Right from now on everytime i walk past a Samsung SmartTV i’m gonna whisper my name followed by ‘has a huge knob’.