You don’t have to talk in code or whisper to each other around your Samsung smart TV anymore. Samsung’s clarified that its smart TVs are not spying on you by monitoring your conversations (phew).
The South Korean multinational conglomerate took to its official blog post to confirm that your conversations aren’t being captured and sent to a datacentre and made clear how its technology handles voice command data.
According to the company, interactive voice commands are only picked up when you make a search request – meaning you’ll need to press a button on the remote control and speak into its microphone for it to be captured.
What this means for you, is that the companies only collect these spoken commands to further improve their voice recognition feature, somewhat like what all other tablet and smartphone makers do.
If you’re dead against this, you don’t have to chuck out your smart TV or replace it with one from another vendor – you can choose to not use the interactive voice commands. Then again, it’s worth taking note that disabling this search feature would mean you’re making dumb a smart TV.