Your Smart TV might be watching you!
This tracking doesn’t just apply to the smart TV’s apps even if you plug in a Roku or Apple TV and stream something from Netflix, the TV can analyze the picture its displaying and report that data back.
Some smart TVs have built-in cameras and microphones if the security is so shoddy in general, it would theoretically be possible for an attacker to spy on you through your TV. This will also prevent your smart TV from embedding extra advertisements into other things you watch yes, some Samsung smart TV’s actually do that!
Get smarts on your TV by plugging in a streaming box like an Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Fire TV, video game console, or one of the many other devices that works better and should be more secure than your smart TV. LG smart TV’s may have a Collection of watching info setting.
On some Samsung smart TV’s, you can head into a Smart Features menu and disable Voice recognition to disable always-listening voice commands.
Here’s a passage from George Orwell’s 1984:
“Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it, moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork.”