Sunday, November 2, 2014

I’m terrified of my new TV: Why I’m scared to turn this thing on — and you’d be, too - Salon.com

Similar reasons I don't buy new cars, have a smart phone, etc. Bad enough I use Facebook and the internet in general:

I’m terrified of my new TV: Why I’m scared to turn this thing on — and you’d be, too - Salon.com: I just bought a new TV. The old one had a good run, but after the volume got stuck on 63, I decided it was time to replace it. I am now the owner of a new “smart” TV, which promises to deliver streaming multimedia content, games, apps, social media and Internet browsing. Oh, and TV too.

The only problem is that I’m now afraid to use it. You would be too — if you read through the 46-page privacy policy.

The amount of data this thing collects is staggering. It logs where, when, how and for how long you use the TV. It sets tracking cookies and beacons designed to detect “when you have viewed particular content or a particular email message.” It records “the apps you use, the websites you visit, and how you interact with content.” It ignores “do-not-track” requests as a considered matter of policy. (Salon)

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