Samsung answers privacy concerns over TV voice recognition

Eagle-eyed observers noticed a line in the company’s privacy policy that stated ‘personal or sensitive information’ would be picked up.

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Privacy advocates and a good many social media users were not pleased to discover this line from Samsung’s privacy policy for its Internet-connected Smart TVs:

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.

The company’s TVs have a feature that enables viewers to control the device with voice commands, but the warning that the voice sensors pick up on more than those commands is a worrisome notion to some.

Over the weekend, Twitter users offered quite a few tweets in the vein of this one:

From now on wherever i have business meetings and there is a #Samsung #SmartTV present i will ask for its removal.

— Jason Garber (@Jason_Garber) February 8, 2015

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