Samsung try to calm you over voice-stealing TVs

10 February 2015

samsung logo Everyone was shrieking in horror yesterday when it turned out that Samsung's new TVs were voice-activated and it would listen to your voice and store it in some evil word-server at Samsung HQ.

Today, Samsung are trying to calm everyone down and downplay the idea that they're Big Brother, putting eavesdropping televisions in your house and listening to you while you do dirty phone calls or shout obscenities while playing video games online.

As a reminder, the policy said: "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 the third party."

Naturally, Samsung aren't the only people doing this. Most voice activated stuff is problematic when it comes to personal privacy. In fact, back in 2013, LG had a similar problem with their smart TVs, regarding the data they gathered while people were watching telly.

In a statement, Samsung said with the utmost gravity, that they take privacy issues "very seriously" and have put in place a number of safeguards to stop unauthorised use of your data.

The statement pointed out that the voice recognition feature on their smart TVs was an option and could simply be switched off and that: "Should consumers enable the voice recognition capability, the voice data consists of TV commands, or search sentences, only."

Feel better now? While you might be able to forgive them for these snooping television sets, no-one should ever forget the time they did that awful, awful rap song.

TOPICS:   Technology   Privacy   TV   Mobile

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