Samsung is recording your conversations

For those who are too lazy to flip though the channels on their TV with a remote control, or those who have the dexterity for such an activity but it being too archaic for their tastes, Samsung has a solution. It only comes with a price of the confidentiality of any conversation that takes place within range of the ‘SmartTV’: “voice recognition”. If one turns on this feature which enables the user to direct the TV with their voice, Samsung warns, “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…”

The consumer’s other choice in this situation is to use the simpler “voice command” option in which the device recognizes only a pre-defined set of directions. In this case, conversations can not be recorded for hints about consumer habits to be commercially exploited, but “…Samsung may still collect associated texts and other usage data so that we can evaluate the performance of the feature and improve it.”

Samsung may be the first television-maker to admit that their devices are recording consumer’s personal lives, and for that we should be appreciative. Not all big tech companies have been as forthcoming in the past. Let us all be aware of this new method of data collection going forward and hope the federal government isn’t following too closely behind on Samsung’s trail.

[Tech Crunch]