Shhhh, not in front of the TV...Samsung clarifies Smart TV privacy policy

Samsung revised its privacy policy yet again after reports that its Smart TV have the ability to eavesdrop on personal information.
Samsung revised its privacy policy yet again after reports that its Smart TV have the ability to eavesdrop on personal information.

Samsung revised its privacy policy yet again after an activist pointed out language in an earlier version that advised Smart TV owners to not discuss personal and sensitive information around their devices.

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) activist Parker Higgins told The Daily Beast that Samsung's advisory noted that anything recorded by one of its Smart TVs could be captured and transmitted to a third party.

Shortly after, Samsung clarified its policy to say its Smart TVs "don't monitor living room conversations."

The company also explained that some interactive voice commands, along with other information about the device, may be transmitted to a third party but only if the user enables the feature, according to a statement.

The information is shared with Nuance Communications, which converts interactive voice commands to text to improve the user experience, the company said.


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