Big Brother is Listening

Big Brother

Samsung’s new voice recognition technology can hear what you are saying and transmit your words to unknown third parties. According to their 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 through your use of Voice Recognition.”

Of course Samsung says that it takes your privacy “very seriously” and that it only transmits your voice to a third party so that it can search for commands which get sent back to the TV. The problem is: who is this third party? How secure is your data once it reaches this third party server? Is there an NSA back-door? Obviously it is Internet aware which means it will get hacked.

For some time now webcams on laptops and computers have been hacked and very private data posted on the Internet. You can bet the same will happen with the very conversations you have in the “privacy” of your own home.

In yet another twist, your Samsung TV will listen in on your conversations even if you turn voice recognition off.

Building on past revelations, Samsung TV’s can now transmit video from the front-facing camera, texts, tweets, emails, phone records, metadata, cloud storage and voice. Basically, your television is watching and listening and sending out all the data it collects to a third party.

Samsung claims that your data is private and safe but history doesn’t support those claims. A vulnerability was found in Samsung TV’s that allow an attacker to control other devices attached to the same network as the television. LG was found to be sending your viewing habits back to their servers. Another vulnerability allowed an attacker to crash Samsung TV’s. 100,000 refrigerators and appliances were hacked to perform cyber attacks.

As much as I like technology, we are really going too far. Every word we speak, every move we make, every word we write is sent out and shared with unknown parties who may or may not have our best interests at heart. We all need to start thinking more about privacy before it’s gone altogether. Don’t let the thought police win.


About computerted

I have been a technology expert since 1984. My aim is to help my local community with technology issues and have some fun blogging. I expect I will learn a great deal over the next few years about blogging and web content. It's always good to keep learning.

Posted on February 9, 2015, in General News and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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