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Smart TVs knowing what you did last night

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Eva, Jul 8, 2018.

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    Eva

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    jimmie57

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    Cholly

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    All they'd find out from me is the fact that I do the bulk of my viewing through my TiVo Bolt, and that I watch a few shows on HBO, Comedy Central, HGTV,, the History channel and my local CBS outlet. Although I have a Roku Premiere and subscriptions to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime I use them infrequently. When asked if I want to share information, I decline.
     
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    Nick

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    As a old science fiction fan I remember reading a story which I don’t remember the name of a man living under twenty-four surveillance and how he manages to escape his prison. The system can always be beat.
     
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    MysteryMan

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    On a happier note I read a article in the USA Today on how car thieves are using cyber technology to amplify the signal from your car fob (remote key system) to steal your car. The FBI suggests storing your car fob in a coffee can at night and wrap them in aluminum foil during the day or purchase a Faraday bag for prevention.
     
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    sigma1914

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    Let me get this straight - you won't get a smart TV, but you are on the net?
     
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    James Long

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    It is the not knowing that I see as the problem. if I had a smart TV the reports would be very boring (watched HDMI 1 input 100% of time the TV was on). I'm not sure what the monitors would do with that information. But if I am sharing I want a disclosure ... and some way of opting out.

    I know that my satellite receiver reports what I watch but I read the disclosures. I can only trust that the satellite company is only using the data collected as they disclose. I also know that my computer browsers are reporting what I am doing via cookies and IP address (I am no longer surprised when my wife shops for shoes on her PC and I start getting shoe ads on my PC because the ad server saw her search using our home's IP). And I expect that I will see ads for what I have searched for long after the search has ended. (On most devices I opt out of cookie targeted ads. But I still see ads related to my browser use.)

    The article refers to using screen captures to determine what I am watching ... so the report would not be 100% HDMI 1. But if I'm not getting ads via my TV what would the monitoring company do with the data?
     
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    In keyless cars I can see that happening but not in a GM car that needs a key with a chip in it. I can see that method being used to steal packages from the car. I have seen videos of hackers stealing Jeeps with a laptop.

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    What, pray tell, are you doing in your bedroom that would cause you concern?

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    I just don't care. I've come to terms with having these things in my home.

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    Kinda 21st C., no? I am not bothered. 95.785% of ads are FF'ed through.
     
  14. Rich

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    Yup, I've surrendered...

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    A smart TV is just too convenient and useful for me to worry about what's getting back to advertisers about me. Like others, I fast forward through commercials most of the time.
     
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    As with all such things, history teaches us that this is paralysis by analysis. "They" (whoever they are) have so much information on so many people that meaningful insight based upon it is not possible.
     
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    We have six smart TVs and we don't use the apps on them. I could live without a lot of the "smart" features.

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    I seldom watch live TV. All the TV's in my household have TiVo boxes and I record the bulk of the shows I watch. The TiVo Roamio in my room has a commercial skip feature. When a program supports commercial skip (most do), at the start of a commercial I get a prompt telling me to hit the channel up button and the program skips ahead to the last half second of the commercial break. Granted, many programs don't support the skip procedure and then FF is the only option.
     

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