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Smart TVs Caught Sending Sensitive User Data To Facebook And Netflix


Added 09-18-19 12:42:02pm EST - “'In some cases, users' data were being sent to Netflix even though they didn't have an account'” - Infowars.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Infowars.com: “Smart TVs Caught Sending Sensitive User Data To Facebook And Netflix”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A study by researchers from Northeastern University and Imperial College London found that many popular smart TV models, including models by Samsung and LG, as well as streaming dongles Roku and Amazon FireTV, are leaking sensitive user data to advertisers.

The models listed above would share data like location and IP address with Netflix, Facebook and third-party advertisers, according to the FT.

Just when social media companies were starting to modify their data collection practices to better respect user privacy, the next threat is coming from the Internet of Things (IoT). Smart TVs are becoming increasingly popular in the US.

In some cases, users’ data were being sent to Netflix even though they didn’t have an account. And it’s not just smart TVs: other smart devices from speakers to cameras have also been caught sending user data to third parties like Spotify.

Nearly 70% of Americans have a smart TV or a Roku or Apple TV. Nearly all of these devices have recognition technology that tracks what you watch, and sells data approximating your interests to advertisers.

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