In years past, bugging a house meant introducing new electronics in order to gather information. These days, the same information can be gathered simply by owning a TV.
Samsung’s new voice-activated television comes with the warning that the TV can at any point in time record the conversations occurring around it. Furthermore, according to the Privacy (or lack thereof) Policy, Samsung can then share this with advertisers, using information on the owner’s likes and dislikes gleaned from the conversations in order to more accurately target their customers.
This eavesdropping television is just the latest in a string of privacy-encroaching technology. Concern has been growing lately over privacy policies of apps that many believe to be overstepping the bounds of what kind of information-gathering should be allowed.
Technology is blurring the lines between what is considered an invasion of privacy is what is simply a part of interacting with technology.