Your Samsung TV is listening to your private conversations

Can it translate oy vey?

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NEW YORK, NY — Be careful what you say in front of your Samsung TV. It’s listening to you.

Many Samsung “SmartTVs” come equipped with voice recognition, which allows you to bark commands at your TV. Since the television is always listening for your voice, Samsung has warned its SmartTV customers that every word is being captured and sent over the Internet.

“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 through your use of Voice Recognition,” Samsung posted in its SmartTV privacy policy.

Okay, that’s pretty creepy.

Samsung says it needs to send your voice commands to a third-party, because that company converts your speech to text. But Samsung also collects your voice commands to perform research and determine whether it needs to make improvements to the feature.

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2 Responses to Your Samsung TV is listening to your private conversations

  1. JL Stratton says:

    Wow, I guess I won’t be buying a new Samsung television anytime soon. I mean, some of the things I say in the privacy of my home, I don’t necessarily want the world to hear.

    • sandrabranum says:

      And, according to some, the new computerized ‘fridges talk to each other at night. Can you imagine… She’s such a pig, she scarfs down Ricky Road at 3am. Gotta go, she’s coming to raid me AGAIN!

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