Samsung lied when it assured everyone that its Smart TVs uses encryption to protect voice recordings from your living room. A new update partially fixes the problem, according to Pen Test Partners.
Encryption of private data
The update adds encryption to the recordings - and the server response - that are sent from your living room to Nuance, a company that specialises in voice recognition.
This means that you can now talk to your TV without having your voice broadcast for everyone to hear. However, Samsung has still not encrypted the information that is sent to “gdata.youtube.com” and “opml.radiotime.com”, which includes a transcription of the words you spoke.
This is a good first step for Samsung, but they need to fix the remaining issues, too. We also hope that Samsung has learned its lesson for everyone’s sake as the company is committed to connecting every single living room device that it sells to the “internet of things” by 2020.