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originally posted by: AgentSmith
Still find it astonishing that people don't seem to have paid attention to the fact you have to be pushing and holding the 'speak' button for anything to be sent.
And if you're still paranoid then don't connect the TV to the Internet.
And if even then you're still paranoid, go see a shrink - like seriously.
originally posted by: ScientificRailgun
I won't laugh at anyone who tapes a webcam. If you're not very computer literate you may inadvertently download a piece of malware that would allow someone to view your webcam feed discreetly. Though, most webcams now have an activity light to tell you when it's on.
originally posted by: Ellie Sagan
a reply to: ScientificRailgun
haha I chuckled at that... I'm one of those people who put tape over the camera on my laptop! I used electrical tape though, because the black blends in more. I don't care if you laugh at me.
originally posted by: MystikMushroom
Even if these TV's listened to me without having to press a button, there wouldn't be anything interesting collected. Let's be real here, the amount of information that is gathered daily is staggering and almost useless for nefarious purposes because of that.
What's so wrong with targeted ads? I hate ads anyway, so the ones I do see might as well be relevant to my likes. Welcome to the future, if the people didn't enjoy the technology it wouldn't exist.
Remember, Rob Lowe says they hide listening devices in our cheese too -- I'm off to look through my Kraft singles...
originally posted by: MystikMushroom
a reply to: Aazadan
The thing is, out of 6 billion people -- 99.9% of us just aren't that interesting or worth "special attention".
originally posted by: Aazadan
How about government espionage? Get software on the TV of a high level government official and listen in? There are major security concerns here. How about elections when one candidate represents the establishment and can direct this data mining against an opponent? We already have proof of these third party databases being handed over to the NSA among others. The whole concept of free and fair elections is thrown out the window when this technology exists.
originally posted by: sdcigarpig
I would get one of these just to see if it was private or if they really were data mining me. I would say some of the most obnoxious off the wall stuff and then sit back and watch, and do it on a regular basis. It would be some of the most entertaining stuff around.
Think about it, you say thing that have no connection and then one thing that brings it all together and ultimately if they are capturing data and sending to say the authorities, it would be funny to watch and prove it was you who were saying or doing something illegal, when all you were doing was messing with them to show that they are wasting money and time.
originally posted by: Vroomfondel
I asked my lawyer about this today. He said that no one is forced to buy a tv. If you want one in your house and they all have cameras or microphones, and you know that when you buy it, you are agreeing to it. Its like staying on the phone after a message tells you that the call may be recorded. You never said you agreed to that but by staying on the line you accept those conditions. Same thing with the tv. If you buy it and bring it into your home knowing it has a camera and a mic in it, you really cant say you expect to never be recorded unless there is an agreement made to that effect.
What I would like to know is if there is a penalty for disabling the cameras and microphones. Do you void your warranty or do you violate some EULA for which you could be penalized? This is entering into a whole new branch of law and it seems that the technology is evolving faster than its regulation by quite a bit. Kinda scary...