“Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition.”
These TV sets are not actually listening to you all the time. It’s not like you will be watching Game of Thrones episode and your television is listening to the incriminating conversations you may be having about really wanting to murder Joffrey Baratheon.
The Korean manufacturer has spoken up and is reassuring you that there is nothing to worry about:
“Samsung takes consumer privacy very seriously. In all of our Smart TVs we employ industry-standard security safeguards and practices, including data encryption, to secure consumers’ personal information and prevent unauthorized collection or use.
Voice recognition, which allows the user to control the TV using voice commands, is a Samsung Smart TV feature, which can be activated or deactivated by the user. The TV owner can also disconnect the TV from the Wi-Fi network. Should consumers enable the voice recognition capability, the voice data consists of TV commands, or search sentences, only. Users can easily recognize if the voice recognition feature is activated because a microphone icon appears on the screen.
Samsung does not retain voice data or sell it to third parties. If a consumer consents and uses the voice recognition feature, voice data is provided to a third party during a requested voice command search. At that time, the voice data is sent to a server, which searches for the requested content then returns the desired content to the TV.”
Samsung’s voice recognition technology only listens to you when you activate it. This also happens to be a pretty obvious action, as a huge microphone icon shows up on your screen when this happens. In other words, just don’t talk about any private information while the Smart TV’s voice recognition is active.
How to turn off voice recognition
We know many of you are still worried about Samsung spying on you, so we thought we should highlight the best ways to stop your Samsung TV from listening in. You know, just in case avoiding the voice recognition feature is not enough to keep you comfy.
You can easily do this by doing the following:
- Access the Menu on your Samsung Smart TV
- Go to Smart Features
- Turn off Voice Recognition
How to turn off WiFi
Now, if you are still not satisfied, you can make sure your TV set is completely off enemy hands. It’s a bit inconvenient, but you will be 100% safe if you completely disconnect your Samsung Smart TV from the internet. Just turn off the WiFi!
- Hit the menu button in your remote.
- Go to the Network section.
- Turn WiFi off
Some older versions of Samsung’s Smart TV software may not have the option. If yours doesn’t, just factory reset the TV and then skip the WiFi connection wizard.
Will you be turning off voice recognition or WiFi?
Seriously, guys. We live in a connected age and you have to realize your information is everywhere. Plus, I doubt most of us talk about important enough information to really have Samsung listening in on our weekend plans.
If you do, though, just using your TV in a smart way should keep you on the safe. Or maybe give up voice recognition. I know I never use it when I have it available, anyways. But turning off WiFi altogether? That defeats teh purpose of even buying a Samsung Smart TV!