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Of course I have yet to see a piece of software that I couldn't in some way uninstall or totally disable, even if it meant manually hacking it out of the registry and deleting it's files.
I've never bought a new, pre-built computer before; can you get them without any OS installed?
It isn't just TVs, Microsoft's xBox Kinect, Amazon Echo, GM's Onstar, Chevrolet's MyLink and PDRs, Google's Waze, and Hello's Sense all have snooping capabilities.
Check, check, and check; I don't have any of those devices, I don't own a smartphone (Moto RAZR2 v9, and it's turned off most of the time anyway), and I don't even have a camera or microphone connected to any computer I own. I just bought a new TV, Samsung in fact, and it is NOT a 'smart TV', just a basic 39" HDTV.
Just don't buy these technologies in the first place.