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You might be watched through your cable box/DVR while you watch tv


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It hardly gets more Orwellian than this. New technology would allow cable companies to peer directly into television watchers' homes and monitor viewing habits and reactions to product advertisements.


The technology would come via the cable box, and at least one lawmaker on Capitol Hill is standing in opposition. Mass. Democratic Rep. Michael Capuano has introduced a bill, the We Are Watching You Act, to prohibit the technology on boxes and collection of information absent consumer permission. The bill would also require companies that do use the data to show "we are watching you" messages on the screen and to explain just what kinds of information is being captured and for what reasons, AdWeek reported.


The technology includes cameras and microphones that are installed on DVRs or cable boxes and analyzes viewers' responses, behaviors and statements to various ads — and then provides advertisements that are targeted to the particular household. Specifically, the technology can monitor sleeping, eating, exercising, reading and more, AdWeek reported.









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papasmurf1269
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Just put something in front of your cable box.Solves that problem.





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You're smart!





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How much fapping to porn can they watch?





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Specifically, the technology can monitor sleeping, eating, exercising, reading and more,

I don't have cable. I've got DTV. And I don't sleep, eat, exercise or read in front on my TV. Now, if my TV starts to crawl into my lap when I'm sleeping on the sofa (like my new puppy does) then I'm going to be very concerned.






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Zahrim
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Microsoft filed for patents last year to do this with their system.





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Completely ridiculous that companies would even think this is perfectly okay.

But worst comes to worst, just put some electrical tape over the camera. Problem solved.

As far as the microphone goes... cut the wire. They can frick off if they think they can just listen.






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Joshjrn
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I consider myself about as much of a technophile as they come, but I would be willing to boycot myself back to the aughts if this became mainstream.





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beebefootballfan
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I will just sit on the couch naked, after about 2 seconds they will turn mine off.





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I will just sit on the couch naked, after about 2 seconds they will turn mine off.


Operation: Everyone Gain a Lot of Weight and Always Watch TV Naked and Eating Cheetos






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Gain a Lot of Weight and Always Watch TV Naked and Eating Cheetos


Got married 6 years ago, so this has already been accomplished, and takes place on a regular basis.






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Gmorgan4982
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You might be watched through you camera on your computer or phone. Heck, they might be able to listen to you as well.

ETA: Oh, and record it, too.



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BBONDS25
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More "metadata"





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HubbaBubba
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Anyone got XBox360 with the Kinect feature? Connected to the Internet with it?

You're already being watched and didn't realize it!






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HurricaneDunc
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This is the same "potential" use Microsoft is planning to use with the new xbox. The xbox can tell whether you are "engaged" in watching a commercial....and pause the commercial until you reengage and pay attention.





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heehaw
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They can probably already do it with your phone camera. I'd imagine there is probably a microphone in your phone that pick up what you're saying. Plus there is stuff like the Wii and Xbox Connect. And those Smart TVs use the tech as the Wii and Connect.





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I already assume everything I do or say is observable or heard. It's pretty fricking liberating once you accept the fact. frick 'em.





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Joshjrn
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I already assume everything I do or say is observable or heard. It's pretty fricking liberating once you accept the fact. frick 'em.


How the frick is that liberating? I can't think of a more oppressing thought






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brick
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they monitor everything, act like you are in public everytime.





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How the frick is that liberating? I can't think of a more oppressing thought


Once you truly don't give a shit, you are free.






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