Is your TV watching you? Samsung’s latest sets with built-in cameras spark concerns.
Samsung’s latest breed of plasmas and HDTVs may allow hackers, or even the company itself, to see and hear you and your family, and collect extremely personal data.
The new models, which are closer than ever to personal computers, offer high-tech features that have previously been unavailable, including a built-in HD camera, microphone set and face and speech recognition software.
This software allows Samsung to recognise who is viewing the TV and personalises each person’s experience accordingly. The TV also listens and responds to specific voice commands.
But some critics have suggested that the TV company could be spying on you, or even watching and listening to you – without your knowledge – through these features.
Gary Merson, who runs website HD guru, said that because there is no way of disconnecting the camera and microphone, users cannot be 100 per cent sure that Samsung is not collecting data and passing it on to third parties.
In the above article the concerns are raised with Samsung collecting data on their customers. But that is the least of the concerns in my mind.
The “smart” televisions are made to directly link into the smart grid. The current C.I.A director has already admitted that the “smart” grid will be used for spying. Quote: “We’ll Spy on You Through Your Dishwasher”
Read more about that HERE
This creates the very same Orwellian Idea presented in George Orwell’s 1984. A television set in every home that has a camera and microphone that can be accessed by the government, whenever they please.
No documentation, but we can take their word on it right? We can always trust corporations with such things, can’t we?
Allowing the “smart grid” to take over our society is a big mistake. A big mistake that our future generations are going to look down on us for. I urge everyone out there to boycott Samsung or any other company that continues down this Orwellian path.