Disable this feature to stop your Samsung Smart TV from listening to you

We had reported how Samsung’s Smart TV eavesdrops on owners and reports it back to Samsung servers. Samsung had come out with a shocking suggestion that its smart TV owners should not discuss personal information in front of the TV.

Its privacy policy also reveals the fact that the smart TV is capable of spying on the owners. Samsung warns that customers should “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.”

This sort of news can make any potential Samsung smart TV buyer nervous about investing 1000s of dollars in a snooping machine which could disclose personal secrets to unknown persons somewhere across the globe.

However, there are many collararies attached to this spying TV business which you should know. Not all Samsung smart TVs have the snooping capabilities. While most of Samsung’s Smart TVs have some sort of voice function, almost all of them require you press the microphone button on the remote before it starts listening. Only the advanced and costlier Samsung models can recognize your voice are the ones that include a built-in camera and microphone, such as the Samsung PN60F8500 .

Now if you are a owner of a high end Samsung smart TV, you can simply disable the voice recognition feature in settings and stop the TV from spying on you.

To do this, head to the Settings menu and select Smart Features. Then scroll down to Voice Recognition and switch it off. While you will no longer be able to use the “Hi TV” command to activate the voice features, you can still access them by pressing the microphone button on your remote.

If you consider that even this is a big task for you, you should dump the idea of buying a high end Samsung smart TV and go for some cheaper version/other brand instead.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Typo.
    “Samsung had come out with a shocking suggestion that its smart TV owners should discuss personal information in front of the TV.”
    Actually, Samsung had come out with a suggestion that its smart TV owners should NOT discuss personal information in front of its TVs.

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