You may be one of the many with a Samsung Smart TV, all set to sit down and relax with your family to watch something. Well if you fall into this category, you may want to second guess the words that may come from your mouth, especially if you have all of Samsung’s smart TV features enabled.
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 says only if its voice recognition feature is activated, will it begin capturing commands. They state they only use this feature to help serve you better through its service.
You can disable the recognition data collection feature in the settings menu, but again Samsung claims that your Smart TV will only have limited functionality in doing so.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Privacy went out the window a long time ago. Don’t have one of these TVs and think you are in the clear? If you have a smartphone, you can bet your location data, texts and voice conversations are being monitored elsewhere. And if you downloaded that app, and clicked on the “I agree” to these terms and services check box, then you have given your consent for data collection on your personal device.
And to top things off. Samsung hasn’t identified to which third parties are collecting voice data when users speak in front the Smart TV.
The next time you use a product or service, it might be a great idea if you take the time to read the TOS(Terms Of Service) to make sure you understand what data will be harvested.