Your Samsung Smart TV eavesdropping on you


In a new revelation, your all-new smart TV with voice recognition could be listening to your every conversation, private and public, spoken within its range, and share it with a third party.

The fact that smart devices can listen to you, track your data, know your precise location is nothing surprising, but what’s making news is that this data is being shared with third party developers.

According to Samsung, the third party is basically a company or companies that perform the task of converting speech to text, and those analysing the data.

That the information was being shared came to light following a warning on the Samsung Smart TV privacy policy and it says the following:

“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.”

What it means that anything you might be uttering – including your very personal conversation, in your living room or the bedroom, depending on where your Smart TV is located, could be recorded by your device and thereby accessible to third party.

For those keen on maintaining their privacy, can do so by simply switching off the voice recognition feature. Samsung also has a feature that enables you to control a TV using gestures.

Samsung Electronics’ President and CEO BK Yoon recently emphasised on the company’s march forward towards making devices ready for IoT. “By 2020, our products will be 100 per cent of IoT enabled,” he said.

Of course it isn’t just Samsung TVs that are smart and can recognise voice. Microsoft’s XBox One does so and so do several smartphones.

And in the IoT age, you cannot escape the trend. Kevin Kelly, co-Founder of 'Wired' Magazine, in a recent statement said the Internet of Everything is going to transform the future of services.

Anything that can be measured will be measured and anything that can be shared will be shared. With tracking devices, we have submitted ourselves to being tracked. “We want to track our own bodies, be it biometrics, heath or mood,” he said.


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