Samsung Privacy Policy Warns Users Of Smart TV Spying On Them

Full disclosure: third party companies might be spying on you via your smart TV.

Samsung's private policy for its voice recognizing smart televisions is warning users to not discuss sensitive information around the TV because it could be picked up by third parties.

The policy reads: "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."

Many users on social media pointed out that the privacy policy text resembles a passage from George Orwell's "1984."

Left: Samsung SmartTV privacy policy, warning users not to discuss personal info in front of their TV Right: 1984

— Parker Higgins (@xor) February 8, 2015

If you buy a new #Samsung smart tv and watch the movie "1984" it plays in 4D.

— Joey Vincent (@mrjoeyvincent) February 10, 2015

The passage reads: "Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it, moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often or no what system, the Thought Police lugged in on any individual wire was guesswork."

Samsung smart tv: skynet meets 1984. Would encourage everyone to re-read. #bigbrother

— Kayla Lewkowicz (@kllewkow) February 10, 2015

Samsung's privacy policy has many families concerned, but the voice command feature can be turned off and third party spies can be avoided.

Samsung told ABC News that the company takes consumer privacy seriously and they think costumers should know what their product is capable of doing.

"Samsung does not retain voice data or sell it to third parties," A Samsung spokesman told ABC News. "If a consumer consents and uses the voice recognition feature, voice data is provided to a third party during a requested voice command search. At that time, the voice data is sent to a server, which searches for the requested content then returns the desired content to the TV."


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