Benny Evangelista and Peter Fimrite report on the SFGATE website that a bill is to be put forward in the Californian Assembly to force smart TV makers to give customers the ability to opt out of features that could monitor their conversations.
The bill is being put forward by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, who amongst other things is concerned about the ability of smart TV’s to be turned into tools that determine what kind of adverts viewers see. Gatto said:
“It’s not just that you could be sent bankruptcy ads after you talk with your wife about financial problems while watching television, it’s what happens if someone hacks it.”
He also highlights the privacy issues if a smart TV is listening in a room where a couple are getting intimate.
“Those sounds, if you had your voice recognition on, is what would be included,” Gatto said. “That’s what’s disturbing about this.”
Although the bill is focussed on smart TVs, it highlights the emerging privacy issues with the increasing numbers of internet enable devices with recording and voice recognition features.