Samsung have admitted that its smart TV sets are listening in on customers conversations, and have warned people not to speak about personal information while near their TV sets.
The company have said that the voice activation feature captures all nearby conversations and can share the information it collects with third-party services.
Samsung has now issued a new statement clarifying how the voice activation feature works. “If a consumer consents and uses the voice recognition feature, voice data is provided to a third party during a requested voice command search,” Samsung said in a statement. “At that time, the voice data is sent to a server, which searches for the requested content then returns the desired content to the TV.”
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The company added that it does not retain or sell the voice data, but it didn’t name the third party that translates users’ speech.