Samsung Privacy Policy: Watch What You Say Around Your Smart TV

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Samsung's privacy policy for its voice-recognizing smart televisions warns users not to discuss sensitive information around their devices because it could be transmitted to a third party.

"Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition," the company's privacy policy said.

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Parker Higgins, an activist with the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation, pointed out what he said were similarities between George Orwell's dystopian novel "1984" and Samsung's smart TVs.

Left: Samsung SmartTV privacy policy, warning users not to discuss personal info in front of their TV Right: 1984 pic.twitter.com/osywjYKV3W

— Parker Higgins (@xor) February 8, 2015

A Samsung spokesperson told ABC News the company "takes consumer privacy very seriously."

"Samsung does not retain voice data or sell it to third parties," the spokesperson said. "If a consumer consents and uses the voice recognition feature, voice data is provided to a third party during a requested voice command search. At that time, the voice data is sent to a server, which searches for the requested content then returns the desired content to the TV."

Customers who are still worried about a potential spy lurking in their living room can easily disable voice recognition in the settings menu of their device.

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