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Samsung says its Smart TVs aren’t eavesdropping on conversations

Samsung has denied its Smart TVs with voice recognition are being used to listen into viewers’ living room conversations.

The Korean firm had come under fire over a description of its voice recognition feature in its privacy policy, which made it appear third party apps could harness the information.

The previous policy which caused the furore stated: “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 through your use of Voice Recognition.”

Now Samsung has moved to clarify the wording of the voice recognition feature in a blog post on Tuesday, aptly named “Samsung Smart TVs Do Not Monitor Living Room Conversations.”

Within the post, the firm explained how its voice recognition feature works, while also detailing the new wording of the privacy policy aimed at clearing up the confusion.

Samsung says the voice data only listens out for certain predetermined commands, but says that data is not stored or transmitted to other apps.

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You can see Samsung’s full rebuttal and the wording of new policy here (via The Verge)

Is Samsung’s explanation enough to ease your fears or will you be keeping that voice recognition feature switched off?

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