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Can your TV really hear personal conversations like Samsung says?

In an unexpected measure, Samsung just informed its customers that their smart televisions may be invading their privacy.
(La letra pequeña de Samsung advierte que el sistema de reconocimiento de voz de su Smart TV captura conversaciones privadas y encima las pasa a terceros.)

Having verified that the smart TVs do, in fact, listen in on consumers, the business is now advising customers not to chat about private information while in the presence of their smart TVs.

Samsung confirmed that the voice recognition feature in smart televisions captures all conversations within close proximity.And that the TV sets can distribute that information to both Samsung and third-party sources.

Shane Harris at The Daily Beast denoted a troubling line in Samsung’s 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.”

Samsung has now issued a new description explaining how the voice activation feature operates. “If a consumer consents and uses the voice recognition feature, voice data is provided to a third party during a requested voice command search,” Samsung announced in a statement. “At that time, the voice data is sent to a server, which searches for the requested content then returns the desired content to the TV.”

UPDATE: Samsung has since renewed its policy and released the name of the third party in question, Nuance Communications, Inc.

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