‘It’s official: Privacy in the ‘technology age’ is officially dead, and it’s not very likely that genie can be put back into the bottle.
You may have noticed that “voice recognition” technology is all the rage these days, featured in a range of new consumer products that are part of the “Internet of things.” Devices like Amazon’s “Echo” are designed to listen for the sound of your voice and respond to it. Google devices have been recording the sound of your voice for years, as the U.K.’s Independent reported in February.
“Smart” TVs are also designed to respond to the sound of your voice, meaning that they — like other Internet-connected consumer voice recognition products — can be hacked and then used to spy on you. In fact one smart TV maker, Samsung Electronics, even admitted in 2015 that its TVs could be used to spy on you in your home, as we reported:
Samsung has issued a warning to owners of its Internet-connected “smart TV” — anything they say while sitting in the vicinity of the device could be overheard.’