Samsung’s Smart TVs may be ahead of our time. With recent advancements, the TV can record and virtually analyze what you are saying and relay it to a holding building or digital storage.
The TV’s voice features can be disabled. However, the company adds, “While Samsung will not collect your spoken word, Samsung may still collect associated texts and other usage data so that we can evaluate the performance of the feature and improve it.”
In other words, owners of the Samsung Smart TV may need to watch what they say in their own homes, and more especially where they say it, due to this data collecting feature.
I do not want to have to whisper in my own home so that I don’t send up any red flags with this technology. It’s a burden to own one of these hi-tech “fly on the wall” devices.
With all of this growing ”Voice Command” technology, such as iPhone’s Siri feature, the Smart TV falls under that category with this advancement. However, it could prove to be a vital tool for the police and/or FBI to utilize it in certain situations.
For instance, a burglary, home invasion, domestic violence, etc. It can really prove to alter the way robbers and bad guys work under the radar. The TV can collect all of this data, and then the police can access it to better understand the situation.
This is actually not the first occurrence Smart TVs have shown up on the radar of privacy experts, such as…
December 2012 : Security researchers revealed a vulnerability in Samsung Smart TVs that allows an intruder to take control of the devices that are connected to the same network.
November 2013: Researchers found that LG’s Smart TVs are sending personal information back to the company’s servers about what channels you watch and viewing habits.
July 2013: Another vulnerability allowed hackers to remotely crash Samsung Smart TVs without much effort.
January 2014: More than 100,000 refrigerators and other Internet-enabled home appliances were hacked to perform a massive cyber attack.
April 2014: Cyber attacks and specialized malware were reported to be targeting “Internet of Things” (IoT) such as TVs, refrigerators, microwaves or dishwashers.
So now buyers must beware about these advancements. Do you really want a inanimate object analyzing everything you say?
What is said in your home and to whom should be respected due to your rights to privacy. Nonetheless take note about these scary facts. Its the digital renaissance; nobody is safe.