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Tech Companies are Developing TVís that Watch You

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« on: December 13, 2012, 10:27:56 pm »

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The new generation of HDTVís and cable receivers sold to the public contain features that are not very publicized by tech companies: Cameras, mics and sensors that have the ability of recording everything that is happening in the living room. Not unlike the telescreens in George Orwellís novel 1984, TVís will soon be able to watch and even thoroughly analyze everyone present in the devicesí vicinity.

The cable company Verizon has recently filed a patent for a system that contain audio and video sensors coupled with facial and profile recognition software. That would allow the company to obtain information such as the number people in the room, their sex, their race, what they are doing and even what they are consuming while watching TV. The goal of such a system is to broadcast ďtargeted advertisingĒ but crossing the line to outright spying on people is only footstep away. Hereís an article on Verizonís patent.

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This is beyond creepy.  
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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2012, 11:27:50 pm »

The good news is http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_12_13/US-patent-office-rejects-telecom-giant-s-application-for-spying-DVRs/ I wouldn't be surprised if they use it anyway.  If it was just me...there wouldn't be a tv in this house.
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