Samsung's Smart TVs Are Collecting And Storing Your Private Conversations

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CUSHING T., Samsung's Smart TVs Are Collecting And Storing Your Private Conversations, techdirt.com, 09.02.2015

Type Article
Abstract
Link https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150206/04532329928/samsungs-smart-tvs-are-collecting-storing-your-private-conversations.shtml
Topics Data Protection, Transparency

Notes

"In LG's 50+ pages of smart TV fine print, it says the following about voice recognition:

"I agree that LG Electronics Inc. ("LGE") may process Voice Information in the manner set out in the Privacy Policy and below.

Voice Information refers to the recording of voice commands and associated data, such as information about the input device that is used to record commands (e.g., Magic Remote or built-in microphone), OS information, TV model information, content provider, channel information and service results.

I understand and agree that Voice Information may be use for the purpose of powering the voice activation feature when used to control, receive, and improve LG Smart TV Services and as described in the Privacy Policy.

I further understand and agree that LGE may share Voice Information with third parties, including providers of voice analytics.

I understand and agree that Voice Information may be transferred to, and used by, third party service providers on LGE's behalf in various countries around the world (including Korea), some of which may not offer the same level of data protection, for the purposes set out in the Privacy Policy."

[...] Samsung -- and manufacturers like it -- need to provide more than vague assurances. They need to explicitly explain what's happening to all the data they're collecting, especially when the collection involves entertainment devices listening in on private conversations... and calling it a "feature"."