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Agree to share stuff with LG or it’ll make your Smart TV ‘stupid’

May 21st, 2014 at 5:15 PM
LG Smart TV Privacy Policy

LG is apparently taking a more aggressive approach to collecting user data from Smart TVs that can be then sold to advertisers, TechDirt reports, as the company is ready to turn a Smart TV into a rather “stupid” TV for users who fail to accept its privacy policy.

“Because I will not agree to LG’s Privacy Policy, I can now no longer access/use any of the TV’s network based programs: Iplayer, Skype, 3D etc,” a reader wrote to the publication.

He continued, “As of the 7th May following a software update to our less than two-year old LG TV, I was confronted with a message asking me to read and agree with a couple of important new documents. So like a good little citizen I read and agreed with the first doc regarding use of said TV. But having read the Privacy Doc I was not best pleased with the company’s assumption that I would simply agree to their sharing all our intimate viewing details (plus whatever else they can see) with all and sundry.”

In its privacy policy, LG clearly explains that it won’t make certain smart features of its TV available to the user unless he or she accepts the conditions. Furthermore, the company reveals what data it collects, saying that it wants to know how you interact with the program content, how you view it, what terms you use to search for content and what you do while you watch content, including search activities.

What’s disconcerting, but unsurprising considering that many companies collect user data for advertising purposes, is that LG wants to share that data with others. “When you use LivePlus, we may share certain Viewing Information, Device Information, and Basic Usage Information with third parties for advertising or analytics purposes and to enable the provision of information relevant to what you are viewing,” the privacy policy reads.

However, it doesn’t look like it’s perfectly clear to an LG Smart TV buyer before the purchase that the smart features of the TV will only be available once he or she agrees to the privacy policy, and only while he or she agrees with LG’s demands.

This isn’t the first time LG has been accused of messing with users’ privacy on its Smart TVs. A previous report revealed that LG was collecting far more data from its TVs, without the user’s knowledge, including data taken from third-party devices connected to the TV for content-watching purposes.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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