Your Samsung SmartTV may be listening and watching you, sending your words to third parties

Samsung Smart TV a listening post?

It seems Samsung’s Smart TV is becoming more smarter while watching and listening you, which can be further used to be send to third parties.

Imagine, you are watching TV on your Samsung SmartTV comfortably with your loved ones, enjoying popcorn and private talks with your friends or family not thinking of that your Smart TV is actually trying to be smarter than you and watching and listening you as you are watching it.

Its true, Your Samsung SmartTV is watching and listening you, sending your words to third parties.

What Samsung says is that it is a part of Voice Recognition, Gesture Controls and Facial Recognition technology, collecting and sending your voice data or pictures/ images will help it to further improve the service. The privacy policy posted on Samsung website says thus,

“If you enable Voice Recognition, you can interact with your Smart TV using your voice. To provide you the Voice Recognition feature, some voice commands may be transmitted (along with information about your device, including device identifiers) to a third-party service that converts speech to text or to the extent necessary to provide the Voice Recognition features to you. In addition, Samsung may collect and your device may capture voice commands and associated texts so that we can provide you with Voice Recognition features and evaluate and improve the features. 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.

Please visit the applicable settings menu to delete the stored image. While your image will be stored locally, Samsung may take note of the fact that you have set up the feature and collect information about when and how the feature is used so that we can evaluate the performance of this feature and improve it.”

Samsung has given the users the right to opt out of these feature if he wants total privacy. Samsung allows the user to disable these features at any time, though what is unacceptable is that Samsung did not mention anything on the Privacy practices of the third party associates with which it will be sharing your data.

Also, what matters is that how much knowledge about you is being made available to its third party customer by Samsung.

Did you know about it? We bet you didnt!

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Abhishek Kumar Jha
Abhishek Kumar Jha
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