posted on Aug, 7 2009 @ 01:29 PM
Originally posted by TruthxIsxInxThexMist
Those cams inserted into the TV's without us knowing was a good thought.... bloody hell, can you imagine that? All of us being watched everytime we
switched on the TV?
They are already here. Comcast got caught putting them in Set Top Boxes a few years ago (and even was awarded a Patent for it). This is so that they
can deliver better Advertisements to customers, and know how many people are in the room watching the show. However, as Set Top Boxes are insanely
easy to hack, it wouldn't be difficult for someone to use it illegally to monitor your living room.
Many higher end HDTVs have these built in along with WI-FI these days. Supposedly for the purpose of using Video Conferencing on your TV.
It is unlikely that government will use these to monitor your activities as seriously, how active are couch-potatoes sitting in front of their
televisions? These people are the complacent ones that the government doesn't need to worry about...and most people don't conduct their illegal
activities in front of the television (except maybe the stoners...but they are generally a passively complacent lot as well).
However, Advertisers and Content Providers (the Cablecos, Networks, and Hollywood) have a lot to gain using these cameras to monitor your activities
in front of the television. It would allow them to have an actual count of people who viewed an Advertisement or a Television show, it would allow
them to determine what Ads were effective, and it would allow them to study your viewing habits. When Ted Turner said something along the lines of
"those people who leave the room during commercial breaks to go to the bathroom or go to the fridge are criminals and thieves and should be put in
jail" it puts the whole scenario in a different light when you consider the possibility of Ted Turner watching what you do when you watch television
What gives these non-governmental corporations the right to spy on you in your own living room by using your HDTV or DVR or Cable Box? I thought
surveillance without a warrant was illegal?
And like I said, there are already detailed ways floating on the Internet on how to basically turn these devices into an automated "voyeur cam" that
you, or anyone else, can access.