Enjoying the voice control on your new smart TV? You might not be after reading the following.
TechCrunch made a good catch in Samsung’s fine print on one of their new smart TVs. According to a warning from the manufacturer, consumers are advised not to talk about sensitive information around voice-control enabled televisions.
Here is the warning:
You can control your SmartTV, and use many of its features, with voice commands. If you enable Voice Recognition, you can interact with your Smart TV using your voice. To provide you the Voice Recognition feature, some voice commands may be transmitted (along with information about your device, including device identifiers) to a third-party service that converts speech to text or to the extent necessary to provide the Voice Recognition features to you. In addition, Samsung may collect and your device may capture voice commands and associated texts so that we can provide you with Voice Recognition features and evaluate and improve the features. Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition.
One user on Twitter pointed out the similarities between the warning and the dystopian book Nineteen Eighty Four:
— Parker Higgins (@xor) February 8, 2015
As voice recognition becomes more and more common, consumers may have to become even more aware of when and how they talk about sensitive or personal information.