Home » Surveillance » It’s not just smart TVs. Your home is full of gadgets that spy on you: How internet giants are collecting your personal data through their high-tech devices  | Daily Mail Online

It’s not just smart TVs. Your home is full of gadgets that spy on you: How internet giants are collecting your personal data through their high-tech devices  | Daily Mail Online

It’s not just smart TVs. Your home is full of gadgets that spy on you: How internet giants are collecting your personal data through their high-tech devices  | Daily Mail Online.

These spies in our living rooms are chillingly comparable to a passage in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, in which every home in George Orwell’s terrifying vision of a constantly monitored future is equipped with an all-seeing ‘telescreen’.

‘There was, of course, no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment,’ wrote Orwell in the book that was published in 1949.

And, just like those fictional ‘telescreens’, many smart TV sets today don’t just have ears, but they also have eyes, in the form of cameras used for facial recognition, which are designed to allow only specific people to watch the set.

Facial recognition is a technology that seems to improve constantly: for example, the software can recognise individuals by comparing the lengths between specific points on their faces — such as the distances between our ears, or between our eyes and mouth.

In its privacy policy, Samsung states that images of your face are not sent over the internet, but why should we take such claims on trust? Likewise, even if we turn off the voice recognition function, how can we be sure they are not recording what we say anyway.

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