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Smart TVs, smart-home devices found to be leaking sensitive user data, researchers find

Posted by M. C. on September 18, 2019

The term leaking makes this sound accidental.

The only accident  is NBC telling us about it.

I would hesitate to assume that just because you didn’t connect your smart appliance to your internet that it isn’t connected.

Your kids bedroom and your bedroom smart TVs have MICROPHONES and CAMERAS.

By Jason Abbruzzese

Smart-home devices, such as televisions and streaming boxes, are collecting reams of data — including sensitive information such as device locations — that is then being sent to third parties like advertisers and major tech companies, researchers said Tuesday.

As the findings show, even as privacy concerns have become a part of the discussion around consumer technology, new devices are adding to the hidden and often convoluted industry around data collection and monetization.

A team of researchers from Northeastern University and the Imperial College of London found that a variety of internet-connected devices collected and distributed data to outside companies, including smart TV and TV streaming devices from Roku and Amazon — even if a consumer did not interact with those companies.

“Nearly all TV devices in our testbeds contacts Netflix even though we never configured any TV with a Netflix account,” the Northeastern and Imperial College researchers wrote.

The researchers tested a total of 81 devices in the U.S. and U.K. in an effort to gain a broad idea of how much data is collected by smart-home devices, and where that data goes.

The research was first reported by The Financial Times.

The researchers found data sent to a variety of companies, some known to consumers including Google, Facebook and Amazon, as well as companies that operate out of the public eye such as, a company that tracks users to help companies improve their products.

One of the researchers, David Choffnes, a professor of computer science at Northeastern, said that his previous work looking at the data collection and dissemination habits of mobile apps led him to expect similar practices with smart-home devices…

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How Smart TVs in Millions of U.S. Homes Track More Than What’s on Tonight

Posted by M. C. on July 5, 2018

Don’t connect smart devices to the internet. Don’t buy one to begin with, if possible. Tape over the microphone and viewer facing camera on your devices. That includes ‘fridge etc.

If you want to stream video use a cheap netbook connected to your TV or monitor. You have more control, can add various security features and can use Proxify, Private Internet Access or some other VPN to add anonymity. Brave, Firefox, Startpage, Duckduckgo are possible browser applications.

Of course if you are happy being one the sheeple – Never Mind.

By Sapna Maheshwari

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.

Samba TV is one of the bigger companies that track viewer information to make personalized show recommendations. The company said it collected viewing data from 13.5 million smart TVs in the United States, and it has raised $40 million in venture funding from investors including Time Warner Cable, cable operator Liberty Global and billionaire Mark Cuban. Read the rest of this entry »

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CIA Turned Samsung Smart TVs into Listening Devices, WikiLeaks Dump Reveals

Posted by M. C. on March 8, 2017

That is why you see black tape on all my devices.

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