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"There are people out there that you want us to spy on," said Hayden.
"You want us to have the ability to actually turn on that listening device inside the TV to learn that person's intentions.
In 2013, LG's smart TVs were found to have collected and sent data whether or not the Collection of watching info was set to "on" or "off" – but since then, LG pushed a software update that does not collect data when the user has opted out by toggling the setting to "off." When opting out of privacy policies and other user agreements, you may also be disabling automatic software updates.
You may need to occasionally check for your TV's firmware updates or security patches and update them manually.
If your data is being sent elsewhere, make sure it's through encrypted means, so hackers won't be able to access it.
You may also be able to turn on settings that anonymize the data and keep your personal info out of it (like "Limit Ad Tracking").
Over 40 million US households own smart TVs, a category that made up more than half of TVs shipped globally in the first quarter of 2016.
The only way to defend yourself from this particular attack would be to either update the firmware or disconnect the smart TV from the internet entirely, which would essentially make it a dumb TV.Additionally, if you use a streaming device like Roku, Chromecast, or Amazon Fire TV, your viewing information is also being collected.You can opt-out of collection for Chromecast, as well as Amazon Fire TV (Settings and turn on Limit Ad Tracking to turn off personalized ads and prevent Roku from passing on identifiable ad measurement data to providers.Newly published documents detail a program called "Weeping Angel," an attack designed by the CIA and United Kingdom's MI5/BTSS that makes Samsung smart TVs look like they're turned off when, in fact, they're not.More from Buzzfeed: Two thirds of adults say they would boycott a brand over social issues DC restaurant owners sue Trump, saying his hotel has an unfair advantage Mitch Mc Connell is glad he played politics with the Supreme Court The smart TV "operates as a bug, recording conversations in the room and sending them over the Internet to a covert CIA server," according to Wiki Leaks, though ex-CIA director Michael Hayden said, "These tools would not be used against an American," and, "There are bad people in the world that have Samsung TVs, too," in response to the Weeping Angel documentation published.
You can delete individual titles from your watch history, and those services will stop recommending similar titles to you – but they are looking at what you're watching and for how long.