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    Your TV is gonna rat you out

    Samsung warns customers not to discuss personal information in front of smart TVs:
    Samsung has confirmed that its "smart TV" sets are listening to customers' every word, and the company is warning customers not to speak about personal information while near the TV sets.

    The company revealed that the voice activation feature on its smart TVs will capture all nearby conversations. The TV sets can share the information, including sensitive data, with Samsung as well as third-party services.

    The news comes after Shane Harris at The Daily Beast pointed out a troubling line in Samsung's privacy policy: "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."

    Samsung has now issued a new statement clarifying how the voice activation feature works. "If a consumer consents and uses the voice recognition feature, voice data is provided to a third party during a requested voice command search," Samsung said in a statement. "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."

    The company added that it does not retain or sell the voice data, but it didn't name the third party that translates users' speech.

    Update, Feb. 10: Samsung has updated its policy and named the third party in question, Nuance Communications, Inc.
    (Nuance makes Dragon speech-recognition software.)
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    Prof. of DooGlian Studies MegalosSkylaki's Avatar
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    I am wondering if one of Time Warner Cable (TWC) Modem is also "ratting" out information on viewers and internet users. Recently I dropped cable TV except basic but retained Internet with TWC and was offered yet another modem that supported up to 200 Gbs (?) after installing one that supported up to 100. This would be the 3rd modem in months.

    The hardsell was such that made me wonder if they are selling viewers viewing and internet surfing habits to advertisers-or worse.

    Anybody know about cable company modems and what they "rat" ??

    DOOG

    PS I'm looking to upgrade my ROKU box (works through internet) and I think the remote on the Model IV and maybe III is also "smart"...any risk of a similar problem ??

    What TWC can do I suppose Comcast and others can do.

    A smart TV is only an information gatherer; it needs a medium (and transmission company) to transmit that information and to bundle and sell it. Nuance might only digitalize the info.
    Last edited by MegalosSkylaki; February 15th, 2016 at 10:34 PM.

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    I always use my own modem. I don't see the point in renting when I can buy and harden it myself.

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