Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Tuesday February 10, 2015

Samsung: Our Smart TVs Do Not Monitor Living Room Conversations

In a blog post today, Samsung stated that its smart TVs do not monitor living room conversations and has since changed the language in its privacy policy.

The first is through an embedded microphone inside the TV set that responds to simple predetermined TV commands such as changing the channel and increasing the volume. Voice data is neither stored nor transmitted in using these predetermined commands.

The second microphone, which is inside the remote control, requires interaction with a server because it is used for searching content. A user, for example, can speak into the remote control requesting the search of particular TV programs (ex: "Recommend a good Sci-Fi movie"). This interaction works like most any other voice recognition service available on other products including smartphones and tablets.