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Submission + - LG Smart TVs sending USB connected storage filenames back to corporate server (blogspot.co.uk) 4

An anonymous reader writes: After some investigation, I found a rather creepy corporate video advertising their data collection practices to potential advertisers. In fact, there is an option in the system settings called "Collection of watching info:" which is set ON by default. It turns out that viewing information appears to be being sent regardless of whether this option is set to On or Off. It was at this point, I made an even more disturbing find within the packet data dumps. I noticed filenames were being posted to LG's servers and that these filenames were ones stored on my external USB hard drive.
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LG Smart TVs sending USB connected storage filenames back to corporate server

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  • by fadfir ( 3436797 )
    Wow, I think thats creepy
    • Creepy is all?

      IANA, but seems to me that EULA and TOS notwithstanding, it's tantamount to unauthorized access - which is a federal felony last I looked.

  • So that's why LG TVs are never completely off.

    It seems to me that the LG Board of Directors should fire the LG CEO.
  • Yet another reason I do not want a smart TV. I do not want a TV that has any connection to the internet at all. I much prefer to just hook my Linux box up to the input and use it for any smart functionality.

    If the manufacturers want to change my mind, at this point they must first establish trust by freely publishing the source and build environment for the firmware such that I could audit it, then build from source and flash the resulting binary myself. I haven't seen any porcine aviators lately, so see pa

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