The Important reason why you must never reveal sensitive information in front of your Samsung Smart TV

In an amazing revelation, Samsung has just confirmed that their smart televisions are eavesdropping and listen to every word spoken by viewers. Yes!! Samsung Smart TVs are listening to you. If you thought this was a joke then refer to the company’s privacy policy of its smart TV where it warns consumers not to speak or discuss any personal information in front of smart televisions where the voice activation feature has been turned on.

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When the voice feature is active, the TV sets actually listen to the words and could share the same as data to Samsung and third parties. The warning applies to all those who use their voice activation software.

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1 Samsung has admitted the warning as part of its privacy policy

The warning that Samsung TV sets are listening to people was all over the internet recently after one user shared the privacy policy which warns users not to speak about personal and sensitive information when the voice recognition is on as it could be captured as data and shared with third parties.

In response to the circulation of its privacy policy, Samsung said that the voice recognition software was activated using the TV’s remote control. It also claimed that the policy was an effort on the part of the company to be transparent with users and help them make the correct choices while operating their Smart TV sets.

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2 User’s data collected by Samsung smart TV being shared by third parties

The news was highlighted when it appeared as a feature in the “daily beast’ written by Shane Harris who noticed the worrying line in Samsungs privacy policy. Harris 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 a third party.”

In a statement, Samsung also clarified how the voice recognition works. “If a consumer consents and uses the voice recognition feature, voice data is provided to a third party during a requested voice command search,” Samsung said in a statement. “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.”

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3 A 1984 scenario where Big brother is watching you

Samsung claimed that it did not retain any data and neither do they sell it. A user can make out if the voice recognition is turned on because that is denoted by a microphone icon visible on the TV screen. The Third party in question was a company called Nuance, who handles the translation of text to speech calls and specializes in voice recognition.

This isn’t the first instance of a Smart TV collecting data through voice recognition. In 2013, an IT consultant in the UK found that his LG TV was gathering information about his viewing activity. When the issue was publicized, LG created software that enabled users to turn off data collection for users who didn’t want to share data. Many people have described the scenario of Samsung smart TV s listening to people as the same as the Big Brother concept in George Orwell’s 1984.

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