US Lawmakers Prod FTC to Investigate Smart TV Privacy Issue

US Lawmakers Prod FTC to Investigate Smart TV Privacy Issue

US Senators Edward Markey and Richard Blumenthal have asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the data collection practices of several smart TV makers after hearing of a case where a vendor called Samba TV did not adequately inform its customers of the real depth of the data that would be collected from them.

The two senators also cited a settlement case where Vizio was compelled to pay a $2.2 million fine after it was caught collecting user data and then selling it to third-parties without obtaining the user’s explicit consent.

EFF also reportedly caught electronics giant Samsung changing its terms of service in 2016, warning customers not to speak personal information out loud near their smart TVs as the device’s voice recognition feature could pick it up and send it on Samsung’s servers for storage.

Source: Bleeping Computer

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