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If you've got a Samsung TV, anyone could be listening

TV woes for Samsung keep getting bigger.

Voice recognition data that the company's TV sets record is being sent across the internet unencrypted, meaning anyone can intercept the data in transit and just listen to what's being said around the house, The Independent reports.

Last week Samsung raised Owellian fears after it revealed its privacy policy, in which the company is allowed to listen in on users at all times. The company claims all data is secure, but a security expert thinks otherwise.

After the policy was revealed, the company said that: “In all of our Smart TVs we employ industry-standard security safeguards and practices, including data encryption, to secure consumers' personal information and prevent unauthorised collection or use”.

However David Lodge, a researcher at Pen Test Partners says the information is sent to third parties, and it's not secure – at all.

In a blog post published (opens in new tab)on Monday, he said the TV won't listen to you unless you ask it to, but once you do, it sends certain voice commands to third parties.

“Plenty more to work to be done here yet. The potential for a rogue firmware update enabling ‘snooping’ is significant, though I’m sure Samsung sign their updates…” says Lodge.

As it turns out, things you say in front of your TV will most likely end up somewhere on the net, completely unprotected.

“Based on the limited information leaked above in plaintext, there’s plenty to suggest that interesting data is making its way on to the interwebs from your TV. Come on Samsung, how about at least protecting it with SSL?”

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.