Smart TV’s and Privacy

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Smart TV’s and privacy

Smart is good. TV…good (well, some of it anyway). Privacy…good. But what about “Smart TV’s AND privacy?

Televisions have come a long way in the last few years. They’re thinner, lighter and smarter. If you have a “Smart” TV or thinking about buying one, there is something you should know. It could be spying on you. Saaay WHAT?

Does the tv you own (or thinking about buying) have voice recognition? Voice recognition means that your television can listen for commands. Commands such as “go to channel 32”. Pretty cool but does that mean it listens “all the time”? Well, sort of.

Does it have ACR (automatic content recognition)? This little feature basically tracks your viewing habits and can send that information off to a third party. Who is that third party and what do they do with that information? Hmm. If the TV has either one of these features, you should be able to turn these off if you have any privacy concerns.

Consumer Reports has an article about Smart TVs and privacy you may find useful. If any of the above information is inaccurate, please let me know by leaving a comment below. Happy viewing!

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