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Michael Price of Salon shares some insights regarding his new TV. He states:

“I just bought a new TV. The old one had a good run, but after the volume got stuck on 63, I decided it was time to replace it. I am now the owner of a new “smart” TV…”

“The only problem is that I’m now afraid to use it. You would be too — if you read through the 46-page privacy policy.”

It comes with all the latest and greatest tech, all the bells and whistles (streaming multimedia content, games, apps, social media and Internet browsing  [which also means it is vulnerable to hackers], Facial Recognition,  etc.) and, as we all should already  know, that also means… DATA COLLECTION. Mr. Price describes it this way:

“…the data being collected is staggering to say the least!

He states that it also came with Voice Recognition and, yes, this would allow you to control and command your TV without getting up or even picking up your controller! Awesome! But wait…. yea, it has a ‘hook’, and according to Mr. Price it’s pretty darn scary!  Read what he has to say:

 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.

Hmmmm, I guess I will continue to limp along with my current television which is a “1993” model. It doesn’t get any TV stations due to my decision to not get the converter (THE BOX) and , thus, is only used for DVD movie viewing.

To learn more about the latest and greatest that has been programmed into new televisions, and to read MICHAEL PRICE’S entire article, please proceed to SALON

 

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