Samsung Smart TVs Record Conversations and Potentially Pass them Along to Third Parties
In the world of conspiracy theories, Big Brother concepts are often the hardest to accept. They’re also turning into the most likely scenario in many circles as technology is evolving with the type of potential to initiate a situation worse than what was envisioned in 1984.
Samsung’s Smart TV is designed to take in voice commands that run through a wide range of possibilities. That all sounds nice, but when you read the fine print, it becomes much more ominous.
Here’s what they said on CNET:
The wording, first spotted by the Daily Beast, first informs you that the company may “capture voice commands and associated texts so that we can provide you with Voice Recognition features and evaluate and improve the features.”
This is almost understandable. It’s a little like every single customer service call, supposedly recorded to make your next customer service call far, far more enjoyable.
However, the following words border on the numbing: “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.”
If we take off our tin foil hats for a moment, the concept makes sense. These televisions have no way to know really when you’re talking to it or talking to someone else in the room, so the need to be alert at all times is similar to the way your smartphone waits for you to say “OK Google.”
Put on your tin foil hats. This is dangerous. The potential for anyone from the government to third parties with nefarious motivations to get inside your living room to hear what’s going on is insane. We’ve already seen hackers break into laptops to get cameras and microphones up and running. What makes this any different?