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Warning: Your Samsung Smart TV Eavesdrops You!
« on: 10. February 2015., 18:09:12 »


Samsung's smart tellies don't just respond to your spoken commands – they also tell unspecified third parties what you're saying while you sit in front of them. Sinister, eh?

Sharp-eyed folks have spotted Samsung's confession to that this effect in the UK privacy policy for its SmartTV range: https://www.samsung.com/uk/info/privacy-SmartTV.html
The section on voice recognition kicks off with the anodyne: “To provide you the Voice Recognition feature, some voice commands may be transmitted (along with information about your device, including device identifiers) to a third-party service that converts speech to text or to the extent necessary to provide the Voice Recognition features to you.”

So far, so mostly-reasonable: if a telly had enough CPU grunt to do voice recognition it could push the price into nasty territory. A cloud-assist feature is icky, but not terrifying, not least because bigger samples will probably make for bigger improvements in voice recognition.

Next comes the admission that “In addition, Samsung may collect and your device may capture voice commands and associated texts so that we can provide you with Voice Recognition features and evaluate and improve the features.”

That's far less comfortable, as it suggests Samsung can identify individuals. If it's matching MAC addresses, that's not terrifying. If it depends on logins … yikes! Samsung can identify you and the stuff you say to your tellie!

It gets worse in this final sentence:

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.

Which is downright nasty, as it suggests that if you use internet banking on my Samsung tellie and speak the password, the Korean company and/or its service providers have a record of you intoning “123456” on a regular basis. Assuming you're one of many using the world's dumbest password.

And let's not even begin to ponder how the sets' cameras and fitness services might use that data, or the conclusions they would draw, if a program moves to amorous activity on the sofa.

Worse still, this all happens even if you don't turn voice recognition on, as Samsung says: “If you do not enable Voice Recognition, you will not be able to use interactive voice recognition features, although you may be able to control your TV using certain predefined voice commands. While Samsung will not collect your spoken word, Samsung may still collect associated texts and other usage data so that we can evaluate the performance of the feature and improve it.”

Samsung's responded to widespread discussion of its privacy policy by insisting the data it collects is encrypted and cannot be accessed or used by unauthorised parties.

But of course Anthem Healthcare, Target, Sony (Pictures entertainment and the Playstation arm) and myriad others have all made similar pledges about the effectiveness of their security.

The SmartTV privacy policy also offers this piece of information:

You may disable Voice Recognition data collection at any time by visiting the 'settings' menu. However, this may prevent you from using all of the Voice Recognition features.”

What's that you say? Getting up and finding the remote sounds like a splendid idea?

It sure does. And hey - while you're up - don't waste a trip ...

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Warning: Your Samsung Smart TV Eavesdrops You!
« on: 10. February 2015., 18:09:12 »




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Re: Warning: Your Samsung Smart TV Eavesdrops You!
« Reply #1 on: 12. February 2015., 09:20:38 »
I have also Samsung Smart Television 46" 3D Model, but there is not speech recognition property, fortunately!  :thumbsup:
Thank you for your infos... :bih:

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Re: Warning: Your Samsung Smart TV Eavesdrops You!
« Reply #2 on: 12. February 2015., 18:26:39 »
I have also Samsung Smart Television 46" 3D Model, but there is not speech recognition property, fortunately!  :thumbsup:

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This one: http://www.samsung.com/us/video/tvs/UN46F7500AFXZA

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« Reply #3 on: 15. February 2015., 04:04:52 »
I Read Somewhere, In These Last Few Days, That In AUSTRALIA ( ? ) SSTVs Also Started A New Trend Of Voluntarily "Inserting" Ads Whenever You Are Watching A Movie.

Can Anyone Confirm That ?

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Re: Warning: Your Samsung Smart TV Eavesdrops You!
« Reply #4 on: 15. February 2015., 09:20:02 »
I suppose that you think on this story - "Samsung's smart TVs are inserting unwanted ads into users' own movies": http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/11/8017771/samsung-smart-tvs-inserting-unwanted-ads

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Samsung's smart TVs have already come under fire this week for a poorly worded privacy policy that apparently let the devices listen in on owners' conversations. Now, there are reports that the sets are inserting ads "every 20-30 minutes" into users' own, locally stored content. There's been a string of complaints online by customers using third-party video apps such as Plex and Australian service Foxtel, with most referring to rogue Pepsi ads interrupting their viewing. "After about 15 minutes of watching live TV, the screen goes blank, and then a 16:9 sized Pepsi ad (taking up about half the screen) pops up," wrote a professed Samsung smart TV owner on Foxtel's support forums. "It's as if there is a popup ad on the TV."

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Re: Warning: Your Samsung Smart TV Eavesdrops You!
« Reply #5 on: 16. February 2015., 12:06:09 »
I think this comes closest to Orwell's 1984... Be warned! Though I understand the Samsung engineers, this has to STOP.

And adding advertisements???? I thought I paid Samsung when I bought the TV! They can add ads when they offer me a 70" 4D Smell Sensation TV for free... Then adding ads would make sense. This? I don't even want to begin to think about what they thought when developing this... Can't have been an honest department.

I think it's time for me to move away from Samsung... LG starts to look good i.m.h.o. ...

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« Reply #6 on: 20. February 2015., 10:09:08 »
In The Latest News:

A - LENOVO And SUPERFISH,

B - "Enriched" Firmware In Hard Drives From Some Manufacturers,

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There Is No Vacation In Sight For These Clowns.

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Re: Download removal tool for Superfish adware
« Reply #7 on: 22. February 2015., 09:55:08 »
In The Latest News:

A - LENOVO And SUPERFISH,

B - "Enriched" Firmware In Hard Drives From Some Manufacturers,

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Next time, please provide us some links. ;)

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By the way, story with Lenovo is developing in good way - "Lenovo offers tool to remove hidden adware 'Superfish'": http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31565368

Second story is here - "Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program": http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/16/us-usa-cyberspying-idUSKBN0LK1QV20150216


 

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