Samsung just invited Big Brother at your home

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We received shocking update for Samsung yesterday. Samsung’s privacy policy for their new voice recognition feature literally warns customers that they should watch what they say in front of their TVs. Looks like that voice recognition data will be transferred to third parties related to voice command communication with Samsung TVs. Here is the warning from the Samsung statement:

 

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We found that sentence like “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.” sounds scary.

Samsung clarified that the third party was just used for speech to text translation, according to BBC News. “If a consumer consents and uses the voice recognition feature, voice data is provided to a third party during a requested voice command search. 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,” the company clarified, adding that the audio wasn’t retained for any future use.

It added that it did not retain voice data or sell the audio being captured. Smart-TV owners would always know if voice activation was turned on because a microphone icon would be visible on the screen, it said.

The third party handling the translation from speech to text is a firm called Nuance, which specialises in voice recognition, Samsung has confirmed to the BBC.

Samsung is not the first maker of a smart, net-connected TV to run into problems with the data the set collects. In late 2013, a UK IT consultant found his LG TV was gathering information about his viewing habits.

Publicity about the issue led LG to create a software update which ensured data collection was turned off for those who did not want to share information.

After Face recognition and this, I can short all in one word and it’s ” BASTARDS”, It is time to send Samsung where they will listen only the voice of their shareholders plus ass recognition mode.

LINK to BBC Article HERE

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