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Your Smart TV Is Probably Spying On You, What Could Go Wrong?
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.
In the old timey days when our grandparents wore onions on their belts, you had to actually get up off the sofa and twist the knob thingy to change the teevee channel. But then some genius was like, "No one's got time for that!" and invented the almighty remote control, so you could just press some buttons and save all that precious time for more binge-watching without even straining a muscle by standing up and walking a few feet. But since button pressing is also extremely time consuming, as is looking for the damned remote (it was right here a second ago!) now there's voice activation, so you can just say, "Teevee, I want to watch a show," and your teevee will say, "OK, that show sucks, but it's a free country, so no problem, I'll put that on for you, and oh, what was that you just said about your alcoholic mother-in-law?"
Samsung takes consumer privacy very seriously. In all of our Smart TVs we employ industry-standard security safeguards and practices, including data encryption, to secure consumers' personal information and prevent unauthorized collection or use.
And as for your information being "transmitted to a third party," well, there's nothing to worry about on that front either, because "Samsung does not retain voice data or sell it to third parties." So if you use your voice to ask your teevee to do things for you, it will transmit that information to some anonymous third party server to process that request, but it won't auction off your dirty secrets to the highest bidder, so that's kind of reassuring, maybe?
Or just remember what the government has repeatedly told us about its surveillance programs: As long as you're not doing anything you shouldn't be doing anyway, you've got nothing to worry about. There. Don't you feel better now?