Could your TV listen to you talk?
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?
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