"Honey, I've bought us a new TV. It's great, apart from the fact that it captures our private conversations and transmits them to a third party." This is basically the conversation every new owner of a Samsung SmartTV should be having with their loved ones, because guess what? Their new television set is definitely eavesdropping on them.
Samsung has written an actual warning to its customers, informing them to watch their mouth around its latest internet-connected SmartTV. If the voice recognition feature on the TV is enabled, the machines are capable of recording conversations conducted around the home and sending the data to mysterious third parties.
Samsung is adamant that the warning is actually in line with the company's attitude towards customer privacy, something it says it takes very seriously indeed.
Speaking to the BBC, a Samsung spokesperson said: "If a consumer consents and uses the voice recognition feature, voice data is provided to a third party during a requested voice command search. At that time, the voice data is sent to a server, which searches for the requested content then returns the desired content to the TV."
Samsung claims that it isn't selling the audio data, but it is yet to name the third party receiving it. If you own a Samsung SmartTV and are slightly creeped out by the idea of a television set listening to your conversations, either turn off the Voice Recognition feature or throw it out of the window.
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