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Jim Rockford
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Might want to tap the brakes on that smart tv purchase.

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Doctor Beet was alarmed to notice that his LG TV was showing him ads on its home screen; he investigated and discovered a hidden, undocumented setting to switch off collection of his viewing habits. Still suspicious, he monitored the packets flowing from his TV's network interface and discovered that even with the "data-collection off" setting engaged, the TV still phoned home with the name of every program it showed, as well as the filenames of every video he loaded over its USB interface. All of this data was sent in the clear to LG's servers.

When he contacted LG, they told him that "unfortunately" he had consented to this by clicking through the EULA, and advised him that it was something he had to take up with the store where he bought the set, because they should have told him about the spying before selling it to him.

This information appears to be sent back unencrypted and in the clear to LG every time you change channel, even if you have gone to the trouble of changing the setting above to switch collection of viewing information off.

It was at this point, I made an even more disturbing find within the packet data dumps. I noticed filenames were being posted to LG's servers and that these filenames were ones stored on my external USB hard drive. To demonstrate this, I created a mock avi file and copied it to a USB stick.

This file didn't really contain "midget porn" at all, I renamed it to make sure it had a unique filename that I could spot easily in the data and one that was unlikely to come from a broadcast source.

And sure enough, there it was...



kywildcatfanone
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re: Might want to tap the brakes on that smart tv purchase.
Yep, every device you crave is collecting information on you and sending it to the manufacturer and probably government.


jeff5891
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W
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re: Might want to tap the brakes on that smart tv purchase.
'Bump the brakes' is the most preferred terminology, FYI.


The Dude's Rug
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re: Might want to tap the brakes on that smart tv purchase.
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probably government.


So what


W
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re: Might want to tap the brakes on that smart tv purchase.
Germans.

Will Smith was right.

'Enemy of the State'


JG77056
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re: Might want to tap the brakes on that smart tv purchase.
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'Bump the brakes' is the most preferred terminology, FYI.


Pretty sure it's PUMP the brakes....FYI


NewIberiaHaircut
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re: Might want to tap the brakes on that smart tv purchase.
Between this and the social media stalking thread I'm starting to get freaked out.



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kywildcatfanone
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re: Might want to tap the brakes on that smart tv purchase.
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So what


Oh I don't know. I guess I don't see it the government's job to spy on law abiding citizens. Probably just me.


Lester Earl
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Yep, every device you crave is collecting information on you and sending it to the manufacturer and probably government.




aka tigerdroppings


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G Vice
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re: Might want to tap the brakes on that smart tv purchase.
I'd like to know if the Samsungs and Panasonics do this too?


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Gaston
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re: Might want to tap the brakes on that smart tv purchase.
I laughed.

Pump the brakes.


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The Dude's Rug
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re: Might want to tap the brakes on that smart tv purchase.
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Oh I don't know. I guess I don't see it the government's job to spy on law abiding citizens. Probably just me.

You have something to hide?


kywildcatfanone
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re: Might want to tap the brakes on that smart tv purchase.
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You have something to hide?


Not at all. Do you have a reason to think it's OK for government to spy on law abiding citizens?


foshizzle
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re: Might want to tap the brakes on that smart tv purchase.
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This file didn't really contain "midget porn" at all


Sure it didn't.


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DawgCountry
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re: Might want to tap the brakes on that smart tv purchase.
Theres no lawn mower outside....


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ksayetiger
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re: Might want to tap the brakes on that smart tv purchase.
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I guess I don't see it the government's job to spy on law abiding citizens. Probably just me.


How do they know if you are law abiding if they don't spy on you?


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SEClint
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re: Might want to tap the brakes on that smart tv purchase.
You have something to hide?

Yes.


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Easy
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re: Might want to tap the brakes on that smart tv purchase.
If this quote is accurate about having to consent then LG should prepare for lawsuits from people that buy used TV's.


StormTiger
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re: Might want to tap the brakes on that smart tv purchase.
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Not at all. Do you have a reason to think it's OK for government to spy on law abiding citizens?


It's unlikely the government cares about your tv viewing habits...advertisers on the other hand...that's what this is all about - it ain't govt spying, take the tinfoil hat off.


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