Your Smart TV is Recording You
Vizio agreed to pay a 2.2 million dollar fine to the Federal Trade Commission this week. The company was fined because their TVs were set up to spy on what people were watching. That data was then sold to advertisers who used the info to target consumers.
Think it's creepy that your viewing habits are being monitored? It gets worse. Samsung TVs might actually be recording your personal conversations. According to CNBC: "Most Samsung smart TVs require users to press a microphone button before using voice commands, but the mic is always listening on models like the PN60F8500, which have voice recognition ("Hi TV"), as well as a built-in microphone and camera."
Are you creeped out? You should be, but there are easy ways to prevent this from happening. Check out this article from wired.com for easy steps on how to stop the spying on popular TV brands like Vizio, Sony, Samsung and LG.
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