Samsung Smart TVs can record your voice and sell info to 3rd parties

February 5, 2015
Attendees watch a presentation at the Samsung booth at the International CES, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Attendees watch a presentation at the Samsung booth at the International CES, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

South Korean tech giant Samsung recently rolled out a new line of Smart TVs powered by its own homegrown operating system Tizen.

If a consumer were to look closely at the privacy policy that is provided with the product, they might be alarmed to read the following clause:

“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.”

It’s not entirely clear how often the Smart TVs will be listening in on its users, but it is somewhat alarming that any audio recorded by the TV immediately becomes the property of Samsung.

Furthermore, the company is allowed to handle the information however they see fit no matter how “personal” or “sensitive” it may be.

With Samsung trying to lure users away from Google’s Android software, issues with trust could arise among potential consumers.

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  13. John Jay

    February 9, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    Looks like I will never be buying a Samsung tv. Ever. Nice work, Samsung douchebags, on becoming the next Sony.

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