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Daily Dashboard | Orwellian Smart TV Comparison Is “Overblown,” Samsung Says Related reading: Eroding Trust: How New Smart TV Lacks Privacy by Design and Transparency

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Representatives from Samsung say the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Parker Higgins’ comparison of a section of Samsung’s privacy policy for its voice-recognition TV to a passage in George Orwell’s 1984 is overblown, The Guardian reports. Samsung’s privacy policy states 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 through your use of voice recognition.” Higgins highlighted a passage in 1984, where anything “above the level of a whisper” would be picked up by telescreens and, hence, Big Brother. Samsung said it “takes consumer privacy very seriously,” adding, “We employ industry-standard security safeguards and practices, including data encryption, to secure consumers’ personal information and prevent unauthorized collection or use.”
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