US Senator quizzes Samsung, LG on Smart TV privacy

U.S. Senator Al Franken is probing into the privacy policies of LG and Samsung Electronics for the voice recognition technologies they use in their Smart TVs.

The move follows reports that Samsung Smart TVs collect data from voice communications and even share them with a third party.

In letters Wednesday to Samsung’s North America CEO Gregory Lee and LG’s U.S. President William Cho, the Democrat from Minnesota asked whether it was necessary for the companies to collect personal communications in order to operate the voice recognition feature.

“If such communications are unnecessarily captured along with voice commands, is it possible to extract that data before transmission to a third party?” Franken wrote.

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