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power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Monday, August 24, 2015

1984 - Samsung TVs listen to your conversations

Big Brother is Watching You

  • California Democrats and Republicans unite to protect the public from spying by large multinational corporations who are installing microphones and cameras in electronic equipment.
  • Keep in mind the the corrupt telecommunication companies were granted immunity by Congress when they spied on the American people.

(Associated Press) — Readers who scanned the user manual for a new Samsung smart TV may have been surprised to learn their household conversations could be recorded without their knowledge.
California State Assemblyman Mike Gatto certainly was.
"The passage was almost word-for-word comparable to a passage of the book '1984,'" Gatto, (Democrat - Glendale) said, referring to a line in the privacy policy that said conversations, including personal or sensitive information, could be captured and transmitted to a third party if users turned on wireless voice recognition.
After taking a lashing in the media and online, the company changed its user manuals in February to make it clear that its smart TVs do not record or store conversations. Samsung says it will only record voice commands if a user clicks an activation button and talks into the remote or a microphone.
See our article:
Verizon DVR will spy on you inside your home

Still, Orwellian anxieties have already taken hold, and Gatto's Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection is pushing a bill to rein in spying TVs before the problem becomes worse.
His AB1116 is the first legislation of its kind in the United States, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. After unanimous passage in the California Assembly, the bill now goes before the full Senate before the Legislature finishes on Sept. 11.
It would require that users be explicitly informed when their smart TVs are installed that the devices could start collecting conversations.
It also forbids TV manufacturers and related third parties from using or selling stored conversations for advertising purposes, and would allow manufacturers to reject law enforcement efforts to use the feature to monitor conversations.
Samsung declined to answer questions from The Associated Press and has not taken a public position on Gatto's legislation but said in a statement that it supports consumer privacy.
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1984 is Here
"Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire." 

See some our recent articles on the growing and unconstitutional 1984 Police State.

THE FEDERALIST - Obama & GOP Push Privacy-Invasive "Cybersecurity" Bill

THE FEDERALIST - Jeb Bush wants more Police State NSA spying on Americans

THE FEDERALIST - 1984 - Jerry Brown bans the word "Alien" - GOP agrees

THE FEDERALIST - 1984 - Government Pokes Through Your Garbage

THE FEDERALIST - 1984 - School scans students for lunch program

THE FEDERALIST - 1984 - Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers

THE FEDERALIST - John McAfee: Police Are Eating Your Data

THE FEDERALIST - Chomsky: Obama ‘Determined To Demolish The Foundations Of Our Civil Liberties’

THE FEDERALIST - THOUGHT CRIME - University Launches Insult-Reporting System

THE FEDERALIST - Moron GOP Senator: 'We need more spying on Americans'
THE FEDERALIST - 1984 - IRS uses license plate tracking

THE FEDERALIST - 1984 Spy Cameras Placed in Arizona Cactus
THE FEDERALIST - Barbie & NSA win big in “Big Brother” awards for privacy abuses
THE FEDERALIST - McConnell rams through NSA spying without any public hearings
THE FEDERALIST - The Orwellian re-branding of "mass surveillance" as merely "bulk collection"

“You are a slow learner, Winston."
"How can I help it? How can I help but see what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four."

"Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane."

   ― George Orwell1984

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