February 9, 2015 12:30 pm -

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A single sentence buried in a dense “privacy policy” for Samsung’s Internet-connected SmartTV advises users that its nifty voice command feature might capture more than just your request to play the latest episode of Downton Abbey.

“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,” the policy reads.

So be advised: If you’re too lazy to pick up the remote, you may want to keep your conversation with the TV as direct and non-incriminating as possible. Don’t talk about tax evasion, drug use. And definitely don’t try out your Violet Crawley impression.

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D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

12 responses to Your Television Is Spying On You

  1. edmeyer_able February 9th, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    If the NSA hasn’t learned enough about me through the web sites I visit, what I r/t and fav on twitter and comment on and post on FB then they just aren’t doing their job as thoroughly as I hoped.

  2. Hirightnow February 9th, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    “Hey,let’s watch that movie where they kill the president!”
    “Pause that while I answer the door, honey.”

    • rg9rts February 9th, 2015 at 1:37 pm


      • Hirightnow February 9th, 2015 at 4:16 pm

        Damn! Answer the door expecting the NSA, and it’s you!

        • rg9rts February 10th, 2015 at 12:58 am

          They want a quiet takedown…they’ll wait till you take the garbage out

  3. rg9rts February 9th, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    What next…they’ll listen in to you getting it on with the old lady and now they can also hack your vehicle…..

  4. FatRat February 9th, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    ‘Smith!’ screamed the shrewish voice from the telescreen. ‘6079 Smith W.! Yes, you! Bend lower, please! You can do better than that. You’re not trying. Lower, please! That’s better, comrade. Now stand at ease, the whole squad, and watch me.’

    A sudden hot sweat had broken out all over Winston’s body. His face remained completely inscrutable. Never show dismay! Never show resentment! A single flicker of the eyes could give you away. He stood watching while the instructress raised her arms above her head and — one could not say gracefully, but with remarkable neatness and efficiency — bent over and tucked the first joint of her fingers under her toes.

    ‘There, comrades! That’s how I want to see you doing it. Watch me again. I’m thirty-nine and I’ve had four children. Now look.’ She bent over again. ‘You see my knees aren’t bent. You can all do it if you want to,’ she added as she straightened herself up. ‘Anyone under forty-five is perfectly capable of touching his toes. We don’t all have the privilege of fighting in the front line, but at least we can all keep fit. Remember our boys on the Malabar front! And the sailors in the Floating Fortresses! Just think what they have to put up with. Now try again. That’s better, comrade, that’s much better,’ she added encouragingly as Winston, with a violent lunge, succeeded in touching his toes with knees unbent, for the first time in several years.

    • StoneyCurtisll February 9th, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      High Five to the 1984 reference~!

    • Warman1138 February 9th, 2015 at 9:37 pm


  5. Mike February 9th, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Only in America will we spy on ourselves because we’re to lazy to push a button.

  6. StoneyCurtisll February 9th, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Be sure to disable to ‘voice activation’ feature before masturbation…
    You never know what the TV might hear or what channel it might tune into..
    If the ‘smart TV” suddenly turns on Full House, you might be a pervert, or in trouble~!

  7. Candide Thirtythree February 12th, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    I have one of those TVs that I use for my computer monitor, I didn’t set it for voice command but still it is a bit creepy to think about.