Samsung’s listening to what customers say around their
Samsung has done some pretty terrible things in the past, but bringing 1984 to our living rooms will make a nice addition to their list of atrocities, which also includes threatening bloggers, child labor, and, of course, copying competitors.
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— Parker Higgins, 1337 |-| (@xor) February 8, 2015
Recognition features to you. In addition, Samsung may collect and your device may capture voice commands and associated texts so that we can prvide you with Voice Recognition features. 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.
Samsung doesn’t care much for anything but the bottom line. They copy competitors, spend billions on marketing, are willing to threaten bloggers to silence them, and are comfortable with child labor, among many more shady dealings and tactics. If the idea of a corporation owning all of your conversations bothers you, you might want to get a smart TV from a different company. Alternatively, you could also just get a normal TV and perhaps attach a media device such as an Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku, or Chromecast. As far as we know, none of those collect your private conversations and reserve the right to share them with other companies.
If you already own a Samsung Smart TV, you can turn off voice commands to prevent the spying feature from activating. You can also disconnect the TV from the internet. If you bought your TV in the past 14 to 30 days, you may also be able to return it, depending on where you bought it from. It’s likely you bought the smart TV because you wanted to use voice commands, but it’s unlikely you also wanted to share your conversations with Samsung. With enough public outcry, Samsung may even remove their policy, although they have yet to even hint that they may do so. Samsung’s latest tactics directly affect their customers’ privacy. Apple promised that 1984 wouldn’t be like 1984 when they introduced the Macintosh. With Samsung’s smart TVs, 2015 will be like 1984.