Samsung customers warned of eavesdropping televisions

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Technology giant Samsung warned customers back in February against discussing personal or sensitive information in front of its voice-activated televisions but it seems not all customers are aware of this warning still.

The privacy policy for the company’s Smart TV sets advises users of the voice recognition feature that their spoken words will be “among the data captured and transmitted to a third party”.

Privacy campaigners have described the policy as “outrageous” and made comparisons to George Orwell’s description of telescreens, which spied on citizens in his novel 1984.

According to reports, Samsung’s policy states: “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.”

The policy adds: “While Samsung will not collect your spoken word, Samsung may still collect associated texts and other usage data so…

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