Samsung SmartTVs May Record Conversations
- By Matt Holden
- Feb 10, 2015
“Please 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,” the policy reads.
SmartTVs connect to the internet in order to use applications such as Netflix.
“It looks like they are using a third-party service to convert speech to text, so that’s most of what is being disclosed here,” said Corynne McSherry, the intellectual property director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
McSherry says if she were the owner of one of the televisions that she would like to know who the third party is and if the conversations were being transmitted in a secure form.
Samsung has since released a statement, saying. “Samsung takes consumer privacy very seriously. In all of our Smart TVs we employ industry-standard security safeguards and practices, including data encryption, to secure consumers’ personal information and prevent unauthorized collection or use."
Matt Holden is an Associate Content Editor for 1105 Media, Inc. He received his MFA and BA in journalism from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He currently writes and edits for Occupational Health & Safety magazine, and Security Today.