My current TV is probably ten or more years old. I suspect it is not nearly as “smart” as the new c*** coming out. It’s only purpose is to periodically watch a movie and weekend sports for spouse. Potentially it will last for many more years.
However, I am considering buying another just for spite. I shall locate it in the bathroom pointed directly at the toilet and leave it on 24/7 with the exception of the time I have need to use that room at which point I shall turn it off, cover it with a cloth and only uncover and turn it on when exiting.
From Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law – I’m Terrified of My New TV: Why I’m Scared to Turn This Thing On — And You’d Be, Too
The amount of data this thing collects is staggering. It logs where, when, how, and for how long you use the TV. It sets tracking cookies and beacons designed to detect “when you have viewed particular content or a particular email message.” It records “the apps you use, the websites you visit, and how you interact with content.” It ignores “do-not-track” requests as a considered matter of policy.
It also has a built-in camera — with facial recognition. The purpose is to provide “gesture control” for the TV and enable you to log in to a personalized account using your face. On the upside, the images are saved on the TV instead of uploaded to a corporate server. On the downside, the Internet connection makes the whole TV vulnerable to hackers who have demonstrated the ability to take complete control of the machine.
More troubling is the microphone. The TV boasts a “voice recognition” feature that allows viewers to control the screen with voice commands. But the service comes with a rather ominous warning: “Please be aware 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.” Got that? Don’t say personal or sensitive stuff in front of the TV.
You may not be watching, but the telescreen is listening. Continue here.