Samsung SmartTVs will only sell their users' words when voice recognition is enabled. Spoken words, along with information that identifies the user's device will be transmitted to a speech-to-text service.
While it doesn't reference the text-to-speech service directly, those concerned with protecting their privacy may be even more wary of Samsung SmartTVs when reading the "Third parties" section of the addendum.
The policy states that users who access third-party applications are warned that the entities may collect transaction history, device information, the device's IP address and information about the use of the app or service -- that text-to-speech converter qualifies as a "service."
"Samsung is not responsible for these providers' privacy or security practices," says Samsung. "You should exercise caution and review the privacy statements applicable to the third-party websites and services you use."
Samsung's hand-washing, with what are arguably legally cleansing words, could leave children vulnerable to have their information mined and sold.
"SmartTV services may make available educational videos and other content appropriate for children, but we do not knowingly collect any personal information from children without parental consent, unless permitted by law."