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[High Tech]

Do Samsung's Smart TVs spy on us???

If your words include sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party

This is what we can read in the terms and conditions of Samsung's smart TV with voice recognition system! What does it mean? It means that the TV is recording us when we talk? And worse is able to transmit this recording to other unidentified entities??? It sounds like in Nineteen Eighty-Four from George Orwell! And what if hackers are taking over the control of these TVs? They can exploit our private discussions! And what about the next-next generation, when TVs will include camera to recognize us, and our gesture? Big brother is here!

by: G-1107


February 10, 2015 (4 years ago)

4 Replies & Comments

With all due respect to the conspiracy theorists, this is not what it sounds like. Samsung is not installing spying systems in our houses, working with the NSA, or studying our habits for all kinds of purposes! The reality is way less exciting. From what I understand, the speech recognition process, in such TVs, is NOT achieved by the TV itself. Instead, the TV is recording your speech, and transmitting the audio through the Internet to servers, which are running the speech recognition algorithm and return to the TV the command to execute. So, what Samsung is saying in their terms is just to inform user of this, and cover their ass, in case hackers are successfully intercepting the transmission between the TV and the server. Because, yes, I recognize there is a risk there. Hackers or the NSA can certainly, at some point be able to intercept this signal, and be able to listen, and one day watch you...


by: B.H.

Message #1

February 24, 2015 (4 years ago)

ok, that's just creepy. How are my partner in crime and I gonna plan murders out loud now? ugh, thought samsung was pretty descent.

by: G-243

Message #2

February 25, 2015 (4 years ago)

Turning on the TV to mask your whisper from spy, and this will be your TV spying on you!

When you are conspiring, just remember to turn off your TV, and Tablet, and Smart Phone, and Smart Fridge, and Smart Lamp, and Smart Dog, and Smart "Hello Barbie" Doll, and Smart Wife...

By the way, I wonder if one day, the Government will impose manufactures to report discussions that their devices could have captured. Don't shot at me BH! I am not a theorist of the Conspiracy. However, what I note, is that, social network giants, like Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc... have been asked in the past, to collaborate, by providing information about their users. Nowadays, these same companies are asked to watch their users, in order to report and identify behaviors which can be linked with terrorists activities. So, this is legitimate to wonder if, in the near future, the Government will also require manufactures of electronic devices with speech recognition, to detect speeches about such or such subject.


by: AngryJack

Message #3

February 25, 2015 (4 years ago)

Good point. Today, the police can conduct a search or request phone operators to collaborate to perform phone tapping. We can imagine, in a near future, the same for all devices and services which involve speech recognition.

I didn't know TVs were not performing speech recognition themselves! Is it the same for the Microsoft XBox One, and Sony PlayStation 4? If all speech recognition is achieved remotely, then it will be easy for the police or intelligence to install their equipment on these external servers, and listen to tons of people at once.

by: PabloSP

Message #4

February 27, 2015 (4 years ago)

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