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Smart TV privacy policy lands Samsung in hot water

By Shawn Knight · 12 replies
Feb 9, 2015
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  1. Samsung found itself in hot water over the weekend regarding a single sentence found in its Smart TV privacy policy.

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,133   +1,551

    I remember when Apple's siri came out, that IBM did not allow their employees to have an iPhone at work. I think that was an old article I read here.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    Why the hell do you want to control your TV with your voice in the 1st place, is it too much effort to push a button on a remote or tap a few keys on a keyboard?
    No one cared about voice recognition in the recent past but now that so much money has been spent on it it's being rammed down our throats just so some money can be reclaimed.
    BMfan and Arris like this.
  4. tomkaten

    tomkaten TS Maniac Posts: 247   +164

    What's next, an invisible camera next to the IR receiver for Samsung's own home made porn collection ?

    This is too much. Stop collecting stuff for products that we BUY. I get it, we're only renting the software and we're all advertising targets, but data collection should be forbidden for material stuff.
  5. "If this tactic is so common, why don’t we hear about it more often? The answer is probably pretty simple – because we are lazy."

  6. Nilbud

    Nilbud TS Enthusiast Posts: 37   +10

    A) Then don't buy one.
    B) The technology didn't work until recently.
    c) Regardless of what the put in their EULA you cannot sign away your rights, at least in the EU.
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    A) Then don't buy one what?
    B) The technology has been around for a very long time and still doesn't work properly.
    C) Not everybody lives in the EU.
  8. MannerMauler

    MannerMauler TS Addict Posts: 206   +53

    Talk about the NSA....
  9. If its connected your monitored one way or another data is probably worth more than the TV to them
  10. Badders

    Badders TS Rookie

    Back in the days when remote-controls were only rumoured, I think it's pretty likely that people said 'Is it too much trouble to get up off your arse and go press a button on the TV?'
  11. If the data is transmitted, it can be captured and it can be used against you.
  12. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    Probably but we were youngsters back then and it wasn't a problem, it was more like a necessity because mom and dad were usually watching garbage and we were too happy to watch something else.
    Today, whether you're changing channels via remote or voice both take very little effort, unless you've misplaced the remote or you've had a little to much of the 'medicinal' sauce and are slurring, in which case you might go hoarse repeating yourself but whichever method you choose, you'll always look like less of a chump not talking to the TV (swearing is different).
    Another point to remember is that when remotes first came out they were tethered via jack plug to the TV via a long cable which was always a pain in the arse to manage and we often unplugged it then adjusted the channel/volume manually. eventually we got used to stepping over it so when the infra red remotes hit the scene we were doing what we always did but without the messy tether.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2015
  13. Ah, I see what samsung are saying here..They are saying that when I buy my 4k tv (which I am looking into doing right now) I should look at other companies offerings such as LG, Sony etc and totally forget about samsung.
    Thanks for the tip guys!

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