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    It’s your holiday party. You’re playing music throughout your house with your voice-activated speakers. The speakers, while playing the music, are listening to you and your guests, waiting for a “wake” word. A few days later, there is a knock on your door. It’s the police. They have questions about a conversation you had with one of your guests, who has gone missing, and would like access to your speakers’ data. Will you let them?

    Most would answer “no”, but the police do not have to stop there. Under the supreme court’s third-party doctrine, police are not required to obtain a warrant before requesting access to your voice-activated speaker’s data stored on company servers – that means even if you refuse the police’s request, the company that made your voice-activated speakers may nonetheless turn over any of the recordings it has of your conversations – and it may not even tell you about it, raising serious privacy and constitutional concerns.
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    I remember the conspiracy theories regarding smart tv's watching and listening to you. Surprised there isn't more uproar about these speakers. Not having a microphone to the outside world in my house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrician1976 View Post
    I remember the conspiracy theories regarding smart tv's watching and listening to you. Surprised there isn't more uproar about these speakers. Not having a microphone to the outside world in my house.
    I didn't connect my Samsung smart TV's microphone for that reason.

    They're vulnerable:

    Consumer Reports has found that millions of smart TVs can be controlled by hackers exploiting easy-to-find security flaws.

    The problems affect Samsung televisions, along with models made by TCL and other brands that use the Roku TV smart-TV platform, as well as streaming devices such as the Roku Ultra.
    https://www.consumerreports.org/tele...reports-finds/
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