Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Jul 2018 22:14 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption

The growing concern over online data and user privacy has been focused on tech giants like Facebook and devices like smartphones. But people's data is also increasingly being vacuumed right out of their living rooms via their televisions, sometimes without their knowledge.

In recent years, data companies have harnessed new technology to immediately identify what people are watching on internet-connected TVs, then using that information to send targeted advertisements to other devices in their homes. Marketers, forever hungry to get their products in front of the people most likely to buy them, have eagerly embraced such practices. But the companies watching what people watch have also faced scrutiny from regulators and privacy advocates over how transparent they are being with users.

This is so deeply creepy.

Thread beginning with comment 659808
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
smashIt
Member since:
2005-07-06

All you have to do is buy a info screen / public display instead of a TV.

Reply Parent Score: 2

grat Member since:
2006-02-02

All you have to do is buy a info screen / public display instead of a TV.

That's probably the single best suggestion I've heard.

Reply Parent Score: 2