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posted by janrinok on Sunday April 17 2022, @02:01AM   Printer-friendly
from the don't-connect-them-to-anything dept.

Historically, "smart" TVs aren't always particularly smart. They've routinely been shown to have lax security and privacy standards. They also routinely feature embedded OS systems that don't age well, aren't always well designed, don't perform particularly well over time, are slathered with ads, and are usually worse than most third-party game streaming devices or video game consoles.

Yet when if you go shopping for "dumb" televisions — as in just a high quality display with a bunch of HDMI ports and not much else, you're usually going to be out of luck. There are options, but guides on this front will usually shovel you toward computer monitors (too pricey at large sizes), or business-class displays (ditto).

[...] Of course it's challenging because TV manufacturers now make more money collecting and monetizing your personal data than they do selling the actual hardware. Last year Vizio noted it made $38.4 million in one quarter just from tracking and monetizing consumer viewing and usage data. It made $48.2 million on hardware (which also includes soundbars, and other products) in that same period.

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 18 2022, @05:51AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 18 2022, @05:51AM (#1237855)

    The EU certainly thinks this is wrong, the GDPR doesn't allow this without people freely giving explicit permission for this, clearly separated from other matters (not hidden in general conditions), with a clear explanation in plain language of what is going to happen with the data. People have the right to see the data, to correct errors in it, and to revoke the permission previously given at any time. A tv manufacturer collecting all kinds of data without the buyer being aware of that is clearly illegal in the EU.

    Enforcement is a problem, and many corporations from outside (and no doubt several from inside) the EU act as if their profit motive counts as a legitimate interest that allows them to do anything they want, ignoring that the supervisory authorities of EU countries time after time make it perfectly clear that legitimate interest is a much stricter criterion than that. But the legislation is there and enforcement seems to be slowly getting stronger.

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