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TV Collects Your Personal Data

In Gadgets on November 21, 2013 at 13:20

One is used to websites tracking your History.

Then came the Mobiles.

There have been various regulations in force , on paper.

I have posted quite a few Posts on how to protect one’s personal Data.

Now the Spying enters your Home too.

There have been reports of LG TVs collecting personal data and forwarding to the Company.AP and Huffington Post report.

Smart TV

Smart TVs Collect personal Data

SEOUL, South Korea (AP)LG Electronics Inc. said it is investigating a claim that some of its smart TVs send information on home viewing habits back to the company without consent.

The investigation comes after a British blogger, using network traffic analysis software, detailed how his LG smart TV logged the channels he was watching even after an information collection feature was disabled.

The blog said the TV also collected the names of files saved in an external USB hard drive plugged into the TV as well as the TV’s unique identification information.

The information also appeared to be sent to LG unencrypted.

The world’s second-largest TV maker said Thursday that customer privacy is its top priority and takes the issue very seriously.

An ad platform in LG smart TVs called LG Smart AD lets advertisers reach target audiences by utilizing device information, regional information and demographic details such as age and gender, LG says on its website.

However it was not immediately clear which features in LG’s smart TVs were triggering the data monitoring.”

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Bell‘s privacy policy has been updated to indicate that it plans to start tracking customers and collect data on web and mobile usage, TV watching and phone calling habits.

Bell will start collecting customer data on Nov. 16, which it says will be used for improving network performance, creating marketing reports and selling targeted ads on mobile devices.

Websites visited, search terms used, TV shows watched, calling patterns and mobile usage will be collected and collated with what products and services customers pay for, where they live, their gender and age range.

Bell says the data it collects will not be linked with a customer’s identity. While customers can opt out of having their data used for personalized advertising and marketing reports, it appears they will be tracked regardless.

Bell did not immediately respond to an interview request.

Michael Geist, a law professor at the University of Ottawa and the Canada Research Chair in Internet and e-commerce law, said he’s shocked by the extent of the “data grab” that Bell is preparing to undertake.

“What Bell is able to aggregate, being as large as it is, is far more than any individual Internet company, even a company as large as Google,” Geist said.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20131121/as–skorea-smart-tvs-privacy/?utm_hp_ref=homepage&ir=homepage

http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/bell-to-start-tracking-customers-web-history-tv-viewing-unless-they-opt-out-1.1508083#ixzz2lGQQkyPL

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  1. I think if we analyze search term which has use then it may be TV shows watched, calling patterns and mobile usage will be collected and collated with what products and services customers pay for, where they live, their gender and age range and more…………

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