Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 30th Mar 2012 22:21 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes HD Guru writes that new HDTVs now have all the hardware (webcams, audio mics, Internet connectivity) and software (facial and speech recognition, etc) to make them ideal for data collection on those watching. Samsung, the article's focus, does not disclose what OS its new HDTVs use, making it hard to judge whether they are secure from hacking. A follow-up article prints Samsung's privacy statement along with evaluation by Gary Merson of HD Guru.
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RE: Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by somebody on Sat 31st Mar 2012 04:29 UTC in reply to "Comment by Thom_Holwerda"
somebody
Member since:
2005-07-07

well... it can watch me for what i care. i'd never even think of plugging ethernet cable into tv.

and there is always ability to tape over lens.

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RE[2]: Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by ssokolow on Sat 31st Mar 2012 05:52 in reply to "RE: Comment by Thom_Holwerda"
ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

And if it has WiFi connectivity and you have neighbors with an unsecured network and taping over the lens makes it refuse to show video because the tape is sitting too close to the screen to be healthy?

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somebody Member since:
2005-07-07

i'd simply return that tv. or never bought it at all since it has features i don't like.

it's not like you can only buy single tv model;) you can simply buy the one that agrees with your preferences

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RE[2]: Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by andih on Sat 31st Mar 2012 20:32 in reply to "RE: Comment by Thom_Holwerda"
andih Member since:
2010-03-27

If Id plug an ethernet cable into my tv, I would have to install system my self, to be sure whats running on it. Debian Wheezy e.g.

I dont run anything* that I dont administer my self and know how it is working ;)

My nas, wireless ap, router, computers, all are running some kind of open source linux. Mostly debians..

* - the tv decoder is the only exception. That one I didnt install myself.. I never watch tv anyways, so Ill probably not going to bother replacing it.. Its not connected to internet either.

I have quite a lot of fun using open source solutions ;) And its more secure.

Edited 2012-03-31 20:34 UTC

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