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How smart TVs track more than what's on tonight
By Thom Holwerda on 2018-07-10 22:14:37

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.

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RE: Captured partisans digging their own mass graves
By grat on 2018-07-12 00:32:59
Show me a 4K HDR TV between 46" and 50" that isn't "smart" (but has a decent picture quality).

I'd have better luck buying a unicorn.
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RE[7]: Captured partisans digging their own mass graves
By MamiyaOtaru on 2018-07-12 07:52:25
*You're* the one who brought "overnight" into it. You may recall the original post was

"You still say that like people had the option to buy an equivalent screen without all of the smart stuff added to it, but that is false."

Reading your replies makes me feel like I am taking crazy pills.

you: "It's consumers fault for buying them"

someone: "some of us didn't have any other option"

you: "You saying they disappeared overnight??" (what)

someone: "When I went in to get one there weren't any"

you: "That's not overnight lolol" (again, what)

Please learn to hold a thought and make rational arguments without moving goalposts
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RE[8]: Captured partisans digging their own mass graves
By kwan_e on 2018-07-12 09:52:46
> *You're* the one who brought "overnight" into it. You may recall the original post was
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Please learn to hold a thought and make rational arguments without moving goalposts


Or, try to recognize I was making a larger point to begin with.

All those arguments against only work if there was absolutely no choice and the change was overnight. At no point were consumers helpless. Look at 3D TVs. Not many people bought them. So they haven't dominated the stores.

Try to work things out for yourself for once instead of needing things spoonfed to you.
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RE[3]: Captured partisans digging their own mass graves
By zima on 2018-07-13 18:32:28
Yes, came here to say just that, people not connecting their new smart TVs would be the simplest option. But they connect them anyhow...
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RE: Comment by ilovebeer
By zima on 2018-07-13 18:35:08
> I guess from now on anyone who cares about their privacy will have to physically disable the wifi controller and any microphones the tv has to eavesdrop you with. It's ridiculous the first thing people have to do when buying a new tv is protect themselves from it!
...as long as it will be allowed / sounds like Orwellian telescreen. :P
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RE[3]: Captured partisans digging their own mass graves
By grat on 2018-07-14 01:27:32
> 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.
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