A guy walks past a Samsung smart TV advertisement at a showroom in Seoul in 2011. Park Ji-Hwan /AFP/Getty Imperiods hide caption



A guy walks past a Samsung smart TV advertisement at a showroom in Seoul in 2011.

You are watching: Samsung warns customers not to discuss

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A little of fine print contained in Samsung"s privacy policy is illustration comparisons to George Orwell"s 1984.

All of Samsung"s smart TVs — which take voice regulates — come through a warning to consumers that essentially says: Your TV is listening and also can be sfinishing what you say to Samsung and a 3rd party responsible for transcribing what you say.

"Please be mindful that if your spoken words incorporate individual or various other sensitive indevelopment, that information will be among the data recorded and transmitted to a 3rd party via your usage of Voice Recognition," the privacy policy states.

The Daily Beast initially noticed the fine print last week and now it"s made its way across the world.

Parker Higgings, an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, sent a tweet, comparing the privacy statement to a passage from 1984:


Left: Samsung SmartTV privacy plan, warning users not to discuss individual details in front of their TVRight: 1984 pic.twitter.com/osywjYKV3W

— Parker Higgins (
xor) February 8, 2015

The BBC reached out to Samsung, which sassist it takes privacy "very seriously" and wanted customers to make informed decisions about the functionalities they select to use.

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The voice command also use, it sassist, is activated making use of the remote manage and owners have the right to determined to disable it.


The BBC adds:


"Samsung said: "If a customer consents and also supplies the voice acknowledgment function, voice data is offered to a third party during a asked for voice command also search. At that time, the voice information is sent out to a server, which searches for the requested content then returns the desired content to the TV."

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


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