Samsung Says its TVs Aren't Always-On Spy Machines

By Gary Cutlack on at

Presumably quite shocked that someone might actually read all the way through a privacy policy, Samsung has gone on record to say that, no, its smart TVs aren't really recording and transmitting everything we say despite it perhaps sounding that way.

In a lengthy explanation over on official mouthpiece blog Samsung Tomorrow, the TV maker saying it has "...clarified our privacy policy to better explain what actually occurs."

It explained:

To provide you the Voice Recognition feature, some interactive voice commands may be transmitted (along with information about your device, including device identifiers) to a third-party service provider (currently, Nuance Communications, Inc.) that converts your interactive voice commands to text and 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.

So it sounds like only specific voice commands are potentially transmitted to its translator, not your amusing wisecracks about X Factor. No need to switch TV allegiances to LG in a huff. [Samsung Tomorrow]