samsung-smart-tvSamsung has responded to privacy concerns over its warning that voice recognition software used in the company’s line of smart TVs is being used to record “personal” conversations and send them to third parties. Last November we highlighted Samsung’s global privacy policy, which advises users to, “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.” Michael Price, counsel in the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, wrote that the potential of his private conversations being shared with unnamed third parties now meant he was “terrified” of his TV.  Samsung Smart TVs also log website visits, have a built-in camera for facial recognition and use tracking cookies to detect “when you have viewed particular content or a particular email message.” Concerned blogger Joe Fabeets contacted Samsung in an effort to identify exactly who this “third party” was that would be receiving users’ private communications. Although Samsung indicates in its privacy policy that the third party is a “service that converts speech to text,” answers given by representatives of the company leave room for doubt. More