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Star Tribune: Sen. Al Franken pushes television manufacturers to explain “smart TV” privacy policies

WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Al Franken on Wednesday pressed Samsung and LG to explain how the companies’ “smart televisions” voice recognition technology works in light of media reports that the television has the capacity to capture personal conversations.

The Daily Beast reported earlier this week that Samsung smart televisions have a “listening mode” and can record personal conversations. Most worrisome to Franken is the company’s privacy policy allows the company to share those conversations with third parties.

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