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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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