Why is this lawyer scared of his new TV?
Not just any TV; a brand new TV.
A top of the line TV.
A “smart” TV.
The sort of TV that would be the envy of the neighbours.
So why is a lawyer confessing that he is actually “terrified” of his new TV in Salon magazine?
In a few words, his new TV is not just a TV; it is a surveillance device:
According to the article the TV can collect a “staggering” amount of data:
“It logs where, when, how and for how long you use the TV. It sets tracking cookies and beacons designed to detect “when you have viewed particular content or a particular email message.” It records “the apps you use, the websites you visit, and how you interact with content.””
It has no respect for viewers’ privacy:
“It ignores “do-not-track” requests as a considered matter of policy.”
The sort of “smart” TV that has given the lawyer the willies is not just something you watch for your entertainment; the TV also watches you:
“It also has a built-in camera — with facial recognition. The purpose is to provide “gesture control” for the TV and enable you to log in to a personalized account using your face.”
And that’s not all…it listens to you, too:
“More troubling is the microphone. The TV boasts a “voice recognition” feature that allows viewers to control the screen with voice commands. But the service comes with a rather ominous warning: “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.” Got that? Don’t say personal or sensitive stuff in front of the TV.”
Still want a smart TV? Read this article first:
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