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Spying Smart TV

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Spying Smart TV

That what they get when they buy internet connected smart TVs that spy on their viewing habits. This information is sent back to some company’s servers, used for marketing purposes and possibly resold to others. This practice is both a major privacy concern and likely security problem, as well. Some smart TVs have spying enabled by default. It may be possible to disable, but that probably depends on your specific model. Please do your research!

What follows is a transcript of a smart TV owner concerned about his privacy and a woefully unhelpful tech support person. As is my policy, I have changed the names to protect the guilty, and any resemblance to a real life situation is coincidental. Or is it? Maybe a little bit of both. I hope you enjoy my subtle attempt at geek humor, and welcome you to express your opinions and share your frustrating experiences in the comments below.  If you enjoyed this post, please feel free to share it with others. Thank you for stopping by.  Craig Herberg

Unhelpful tech support guy: Technical support. How may we humiliate you?

Unsuspecting tech woes victim: I just bought a smart TV, and I think it’s spying on me.

Unhelpful tech support guy: So, how do you like Game of Thrones?

Unsuspecting tech woes victim: How do you know I’m watching Game of Thrones?

Unhelpful tech support guy: You just told me you were. Don’t worry, your smart TV just spies on other people, not on you.

Unsuspecting tech woes victim: Thank you so much. You make it so easy.

Unhelpful tech support guy: Thank you for the kind words and for calling technical support, where a stupid answer is only a phone call away. Whew, that was a close call!

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