Could your TV lis­ten to you talk?

Isis Town and Country - - News - By AN­DREW GRIF­FIN

THE new pri­vacy pol­icy for Sam­sung’s smart TVs al­lows the com­pany and its part­ners to lis­ten in on ev­ery­thing their users say.

The pol­icy has drawn the ire of in­ter­net users, who com­pared it with Ge­orge Or­well’s dystopian fic­tion 1984.

While voice recog­ni­tion soft­ware al­most al­ways trans­mits data on what users are say­ing – so that the job of decoding it can be done by quicker com­put­ers else­where – the com­bi­na­tion of send­ing the data to third-par­ties and the com­par­i­son with Or­well has meant that the Sam­sung pol­icy has drawn par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion.

The pol­icy states: “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 makes clear that the tool can be turned off through set­tings, though that will stop the voice recog­ni­tion work­ing en­tirely and Sam­sung will still con­tinue to col­lect data about how peo­ple use the TV.

“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,” the pol­icy states.

What do you think: Or­well or oh well?

Tell me at matthew. mcin­er­ney@apn.com.au.

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