Smart TV Voice Recognition Concern

Last Update Date : Mar 22. 2018

Smart TV Voice Recognition Concern




What does the voice data do / what is it used for?


·         The voice recognition feature allows you to control the TV by using commands such as “Channel up/down” or “Volume up/down.” It also allows you to search for content – for example “Basketball games” so that the select Smart TVs can make recommendations.


Is the TV recording my voice or conversations all the time?

·         No. The feature is only turned on when the user activates it.

·         The voice recognition feature of the TV is easily activated or deactivated by the user.

·         Users can easily recognize if the voice recognition feature is activated because a microphone icon appears on the screen.


How do I know it’s listening or not?

·         If the TV’s voice recognition feature is turned on for a command, an icon of a microphone will appear on the screen.

·         If no icon appears on the screen, the voice recognition feature is off.


How do exactly I turn voice recognition on and off?

·         To turn on voice recognition, first you must agree to the privacy policy and activate the feature in the settings menu.

·         Then you can either say “Hi TV” or press the voice command button on select remote controls. The microphone icon will then appear on your TV screen and the TV will then await the command. If one is not heard within 15 seconds, the voice recognition feature will automatically turn off.


Is my voice recorded on the TV? Sent and kept elsewhere?

·         The TV does not actually record any sounds, but merely processes the requested command into data in order to obey the command or search for content.


Is my voice provided to a third party? Do they keep it?

·         The only time voice data is provided to a third party is during a search. At that time, the voice data is sent to a server, which searches for the requested content then returns the desired content to the TV. For example, if you search for “Basketball Games,” the data will transmit to an external server that compiles all instances of “Basketball games” and then returns that data to the TV.  The data is deleted shortly after the question is answered.


Is my voice or data sold to third parties for marketing purposes?

·         Your voice data is not sold to a third party; it is merely used to process the request made for content.


Does my personal information get sent to a third party?

·         Details such as your name, address, etc. are not sent to a third party unless you actively provide such details during the course of the command. For example, if you activate voice control and ask to search your own name and state that is your name, then that data would then go to a third party server, perform the search and return the results.

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