LG TVs in data collection concerns

Here's a worrying discovery - LG Smart TVs are apparently configured to report usage data back to LG for advertising purposes. However, this isn't the worst of it, in that same data they also seem to be gathering information on files on any attached storage. If you have a USB drive attached, at the very least the TV is attempting to report back filenames; both individually and on a folder-by-folder basis.

Right now the URL that LG TVs are attempting to contact isn't valid, but this could be changed at any time - allowing LG to know WHAT you're watching and what files you have on your system. There is apparently a setting to disable this, but at present it has no affect on the TV behaviour and the data is transmitted unencrypted anyway.

Check out the full report on the discovery over at DoctorBeet's Blog.

Last updated: 31/05/2018 00:07:05

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