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Hi all

The tv channels down here have just run news item on the capacity of new Samsung tv's with voice recongition to record conversation in the room and store the info.

here is a link to a related article http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/565863/smart-tvs-raise-privacy-concerns/

On the news , a rep from Samsung said it wouldn't be making any use of the data captured, and would be deleted after a set time period.

This sounds more and more like 1984 , big bother in your living room.

what is stopping the gov from harvesting info from these types of devices.

why would anyone in there right mind would buy anything that has the capacity to spy on you private home.

whats next, micophones in the toaster.

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You don't have to buy the TV. Also, it's not really spying since Samsung came out and said "Hey this is what our TV does, just so you guys know". They gave everyone a heads up and even told everyone how to disable the feature. If anyone is still worried they can simply buy something else.

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Every thing we use today that has some form of storage and connectivity is capable of tracking you if not already, from your pc and phones to our cars. Whether a company or malicious third party is actively using the data is a whole other can of worms in itself.

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Every thing we use today that has some form of storage and connectivity is capable of tracking you if not already, from your pc and phones to our cars. Whether a company or malicious third party is actively using the data is a whole other can of worms in itself.

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It gets even more fun with the Samsung TVs it seems. People in Australia at least were in for a nasty surprise when, out of the blue and of its own accord, their Samsung TV presented them with a Pepsi ad which was big enough news to make it onto the national radio here. The ad was shown straight through whatever you may have been doing with your TV. If you were watching network programming you'd get the ad outside of the normal ad blocks, if you were streaming off the internet, it got shown straight through the video you were looking at. One guy was apparently using a Samsung TV to give a powerpoint sales presentation and the ad messed up the TV in such a way that he couldn't get the TV to see his laptop's signal anymore.

Samsung's explanation is that their TV software was made by Yahoo and their software, like most things Yahoo these days, is complete and utter crap.

So I guess the moral of the story is: Don't buy a Samsung TV. You won't get spied upon (well, not by them at least) and you'll only get to see ads if and when you expect them...

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DirecTV and ATT Uverse both have new remote controls that provide voice activated control... this is in case you are SUPER fat and lazy and don't even want to lift your arm to pick up the remote from the arm of the chair... you can just demand through voice that the channel change! hah.

Anyway, yeah... I'd guess you could see the UDP traffic going across, like the XBOX Kinect.

But, it's no different than having a digital cellular phone in your house.

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There's something I don't really get about this. In the Samsung case it's a little different because they're taking audio and it's leaving your TV to the Internet, but when the Xbox one was supposed to always be listening people got really freaked out about spying. I don't see this as any different to any microphone connected to software. Everybody with a mobile phone is taking it on faith that the software in the phone isn't switching on the mic and sending that away or doing something nasty. Similarly, the xbox one is listening, but you're taking it on faith that it's not doing anything nasty once it is. In both cases it's the same faith in software that you're hoping isn't going to do anything nasty, but people feel really uncomfortable about some things and very accepting about others.

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[...]it's the same faith in software that you're hoping isn't going to do anything nasty[...]

https://preyproject.com/

When you read up on what this program is capable of, you indeed have to trust nobody activated the spying features intended to be used for the recovery of the device when you're legitimately using it.

Then again, when was the last time you verified that the OS doesn't actually do something like this out of the box right now?

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