Samsung recently took a significant media beating after people actually
company's "smart" TVs were collecting snippets of living room conversation and
transmitting them to third parties for analysis. Samsung ultimately issued a
blog post stating it was only collecting a limited amount of voice data to
improve voice command functionality. Besides, said Samsung, if you don't want
your voice commands collected, you can disable the functionality (even though
you lose some core TV features in the process).
Of course, while Samsung got the brunt of the public and media hysteria, many
people didn't seem to realize that nearly everything that takes voice commands
(from your home automation system to your iPhone) already engages in this same
behavior. Case in point: Mattel is taking more than a little heat for the
company's new "Hello Barbie," which connects to Wi-Fi, and also records kids'
voice commands and routes them to an external server in order to improve voice
command tech. In this video from February, Mattel shows how Barbie now stores
your preferences and even provides career advice:
Groups like Campaign For a Commercial-Free Childhood weren't ...