Prophecy Sign: The global surveillance/police state
Governments won't have to bug your home, you will eventually do it yourself with all the new smart technology applicable devises - including your brand new Smart TV.
Add in all the surveillance cameras being installed at nearly every corner of every city, the surveillance drones and surveillance satellites watching your every move, and of course the government spy agencies collecting all your tweets, emails and cell phone calls, it's no wonder that the future Antichrist will have authority and power over everyone in the world.
So if you're thinking of purchasing one of these new Smart TV's......be aware. Someone might just be watching and listening to you on the other end of that fiber optic cable plugged into your new purchase.
It was given power to wage war against God's holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. Daniel 13:7 NIV
'Smart' television watches you
"The FBI will not have to bug your living room; you will do it yourself." So says Michael Price of Salon.com, the nervous new owner of a "smart" TV - a web-connected telly that recognises his face, listens to his voice, and could send that information (and more, including emails he receives) to a third party. "Got that? Don't say personal or sensitive stuff in front of the TV," writes Price.
Price explains current laws offer very little privacy protection to the "third party records", including data stored in the cloud (although one federal court of appeals has found this rule unconstitutional with respect to email). Speaking about web-based "smart" devices, retired General David Petraeus, former head of the CIA, said in 2012 that "Items of interest will be located, identified, monitor, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers and energy harvester." That means, Price argues, as the "Internet of Things" matures, household appliances - even your socks - may be wired to interact online.
I’m terrified of my new TV: Why I’m scared to turn this thing on — and you’d be, too
The amount of data this thing collects is staggering. It logs where, when, how and for how long you use the TV. It sets tracking cookies and beacons designed to detect “when you have viewed particular content or a particular email message.” It records “the apps you use, the websites you visit, and how you interact with content.” It ignores “do-not-track” requests as a considered matter of policy.
It also has a built-in camera — with facial recognition. The purpose is to provide “gesture control” for the TV and enable you to log in to a personalized account using your face. On the upside, the images are saved on the TV instead of uploaded to a corporate server. On the downside, the Internet connection makes the whole TV vulnerable to hackers who have demonstrated the ability to take complete control of the machine.
More troubling is the microphone. The TV boasts a “voice recognition” feature that allows viewers to control the screen with voice commands. But the service comes with a rather ominous warning: “Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.” Got that? Don’t say personal or sensitive stuff in front of the TV.
Is your smart TV SPYING on your family?