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Is Your Cable Box Spying On You? Behavior-Detecting Devices.. Worry Privacy Advocates
IBT ^ | July 26 2013 | Christopher Zara

Posted on 07/28/2013 10:41:21 PM PDT by george76

Pay-TV providers like Verizon and tech giants like Microsoft are developing devices that can monitor our behaviors as we watch TV and play games.

“Watching the watchers” is taking on a whole new meaning.

News that Google .. may be developing a television set-top box with a motion sensor and video camera has rekindled the debate over technology that can record so-called ambient action. Should a TV-mounted box have the ability to track our movements, record our voices and monitor our behaviors? Should cable providers and tech companies be allowed to collect such information without our consent?

Lawmakers and privacy advocates are asking such questions as companies continue to experiment with data collection that will extend beyond our gadgets and into our living rooms and bedrooms. On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Google privately showed off a prototype device at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last January. The company is one of many tech players looking to compete with pay-TV providers, who themselves have been exploring new ways to capture information about viewers’ behavior.

In November, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) filed a patent application for a set-top box that delivers advertisements based on users’ behaviors

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Creeped out yet? You’re not alone

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
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Is Your Cable Box Spying On You? Behavior-Detecting Devices From Verizon, Microsoft And Others Worry Privacy Advocates

1 posted on 07/28/2013 10:41:21 PM PDT by george76
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To: george76

In Soviet Amerika the TV is watching you!


2 posted on 07/28/2013 10:56:04 PM PDT by eclectic (Liberalism is a mental disorder)
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To: george76

A couple minutes with a screwdriver and a soldering iron and it will be blind and deaf like it ahould have been in the first place.


3 posted on 07/28/2013 11:22:16 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: george76

Put one of those toy dunking birds in front of it.


4 posted on 07/28/2013 11:26:30 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: KarlInOhio

You know what.... the new XBOX One will have a camera, mic, and sensors that will be able to recognize the face of its owner and what he is doing with his hands.

All of this info will be available to the feds.


5 posted on 07/28/2013 11:26:47 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: george76

This has been going on for years. I remember hearing about it in 1991.


6 posted on 07/28/2013 11:32:06 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (If you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil!)
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To: KarlInOhio

And the cable company will terminate your service and ding you a couple hundred bills for tampering with their box. It’ll be part of the Terms of Service, and most won’t read far enough to see it, and will agree without understanding what they’re signing.


7 posted on 07/28/2013 11:32:30 PM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: george76

Will never hppen in MD where I live - must have consent of the owner of residence in order to surveil.

Carriers will never get authority from the MD PSC to deny service to a residence if owner does not consent.


8 posted on 07/28/2013 11:32:45 PM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: george76
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9 posted on 07/28/2013 11:44:39 PM PDT by deks ("...the battle...liberty against the overreach of the federal government" Ken Cuccinelli)
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To: george76

Big Brother.

1984

Here...now.


10 posted on 07/28/2013 11:46:38 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (To the GOPe ~ I'm now a proud member of the Wacko Bird party.)
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To: deks

I wish it were that easy. ;-)


11 posted on 07/28/2013 11:47:28 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (To the GOPe ~ I'm now a proud member of the Wacko Bird party.)
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To: george76
I can live WITHOUT cable.

The question is: If enough of subscribers leave cable can they SURVIVE without us?

12 posted on 07/28/2013 11:56:01 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: george76
For instance, two people cuddling on sofa watching TV might see a commercial for a romantic Disney cruise, while an arguing couple might see a pitch for couples’ therapy.

What pitch would Huma and Anthony see?

13 posted on 07/28/2013 11:58:45 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: cynwoody

they will also collect data on whether those in the room are actually watching the program/ads


14 posted on 07/28/2013 11:59:26 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: george76
Last month, two U.S. congressmen, a Democrat and a Republican, introduced a bill that would require such devices to be opt-in, meaning consumers would have to grant explicit consent before companies could collect data on ambient action. The bill -- dubbed the “We Are Watching You Act of 2013” -- would also require that devices flash on-screen warnings whenever they are recording such information.

Stupid bill!

The correct action is a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the user absolute control over the actions of information processing devices he owns. No more than two or three sentences.

Might such a law kill an important US industry or two? Maybe. Maybe not. Does cynwoody care? Hell no!

15 posted on 07/29/2013 12:03:47 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: VerySadAmerican
This has been going on for years. I remember hearing about it in 1991.

I thought the same thing. This is not new. That is why, periodically, while watching TV, I raise my middle finger at my TV, assuming someone is watching me through it. F them.

16 posted on 07/29/2013 12:05:15 AM PDT by Mark17 (Yesterday I couldn't spell it. Today I are one, a creepy a$$ cracker)
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To: cynwoody
while an arguing couple might see a pitch for couples’ therapy.

Or an ad for their local gun shop ...

17 posted on 07/29/2013 12:20:59 AM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

During a Obama speech. Yes Dear Leader, yes Dear Leader...


18 posted on 07/29/2013 12:21:14 AM PDT by matt04
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To: george76

no cable, no dish.


19 posted on 07/29/2013 12:27:01 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Mark17

That computer monitor is probably looking back at you, too.


20 posted on 07/29/2013 12:29:45 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (If you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil!)
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To: VerySadAmerican
This has been going on for years. I remember hearing about it in 1991.

If memory serves, an Englishman by the name of Eric Blair was first to imagine it.

21 posted on 07/29/2013 12:32:38 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: george76

How do you think your DVR is reporting to Neilson? It’s part of the cable and DVR box and Neilson ratings collusion.


22 posted on 07/29/2013 1:12:12 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: Secret Agent Man
no cable, no dish.

no cable, no dish.

23 posted on 07/29/2013 3:14:47 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: deks

Cable-free since last year. Savings are now close to $1K.


24 posted on 07/29/2013 3:20:47 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: KarlInOhio

> A couple minutes with a screwdriver and a soldering iron and it will be blind and deaf like it ahould have been in the first place.

But then they will get you for tampering with an FCC regulated device or Obama monitoring device made legal by Obummer administration and fine you to death or send you to prison.../s


25 posted on 07/29/2013 3:32:56 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: dixiechick2000

> Big Brother.

1984

Here...now.

And much worse than anticipated with technology that will be far more intrusive and lethal than Orwell could have ever imagined...


26 posted on 07/29/2013 3:35:46 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Fresh Wind
Cable-free since last year. Savings are now close to $1K.

I paid my last cable bill in 1989. Never had satellite or Fios tv either. Saved a ton of money over the years, and never really missed it. Watched many a Super Bowl with the assistance of rabbit ears, now with digital broadcasting I can watch the occasional sporting event with cable quality.

27 posted on 07/29/2013 3:39:23 AM PDT by JHL
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To: cynwoody

“What pitch would Huma and Anthony see? “

Oscar Meyer ads.


28 posted on 07/29/2013 4:28:51 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: GeronL
You know what.... the new XBOX One will have a camera, mic, and sensors that will be able to recognize the face of its owner and what he is doing with his hands. All of this info will be available to the feds.

There was actually a huge fan base backlash over this. It was fascinating to observe. It remains to be seen what will come of it. So far, Microsoft has said they will no longer require the "always online DRM support" policy.

The XBOX One appeared to be designed by lawyers to be managed by publishers. The gamers seemed to be last in the equation. It will be interesting to see the continuing developments resulting from their initial fiasco on announcement.

29 posted on 07/29/2013 4:45:04 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: george76

Nope. I don’t have a cable box!


30 posted on 07/29/2013 5:05:53 AM PDT by rfreedom4u (I have a copy of the Constitution! And I'm not afraid to use it!)
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To: VerySadAmerican

Duct tape.


31 posted on 07/29/2013 5:10:07 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: KarlInOhio
A couple minutes with a screwdriver and a soldering iron and it will be blind and deaf

...or you can use a few bits of tape.

32 posted on 07/29/2013 5:13:27 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: JHL

The price you pay for cable was supposed to give you commercial-free TV.

Somehow, it doesn’t seem to have worked out that way.


33 posted on 07/29/2013 5:14:20 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: george76

The objective here is to run metrics on reactions to various news stories, ads, political campaigns and programming so that the manipulators of media know where, when and how far to push a particular spin. They would be able to suss the public’s tolerance for martial law, the militarization of police, drone surveillance, apathy vs. activist levels, etc. This is a tyrant’s wet dream.

I’d be inclined to return the item to the supplier with additional ventilation.


34 posted on 07/29/2013 8:36:53 AM PDT by Yollopoliuhqui
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To: VerySadAmerican

Yellow stickie


35 posted on 07/29/2013 8:43:38 AM PDT by RightField (one of the obstreperous citizens insisting on incorrect thinking - C. Krauthamer)
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To: deks

That’s what I did...all OTA and/or internet based.

On topic, how long do you think it would take the ‘net/tech savvy teens/’hacker’ community to post-up a HOW-TO to show the average user how to block all OUTGOING ports, but allow the incoming needed to by-pass this kind of thing?

Or yet, the strategically placed piece of electrical tape, etc.


36 posted on 07/29/2013 8:47:15 AM PDT by i_robot73 (We hold that all individuals have the Right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives - LP.org)
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To: VerySadAmerican
That computer monitor is probably looking back at you, too.

Yes, that too. Give it the finger as well. I am typing this on my IPhone 5. I wonder if it is looking back at me too?

37 posted on 07/29/2013 9:39:30 AM PDT by Mark17 (Yesterday I couldn't spell it. Today I are one, a creepy a$$ cracker)
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To: Caipirabob

I remember trying out a PS3 when it came out. It was fun to browse the net, and I remember watching HD videos from a variety of sites on its browser.

XBOX 360 didn’t have a browser when it came out and when they finally added one it was horrible. The only video I can make it play is Youtube and its only reliable on its own app and not in the browser.

You would think this would embarrass Microsoft but I don’t think it does.


38 posted on 07/29/2013 9:48:28 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: george76

Hopefully the new boxes will have a direct link to the NSA.

No need for that pesky FISA middleman!


39 posted on 07/29/2013 9:52:51 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: VerySadAmerican
This has been going on for years. I remember hearing about it in 1991.

My buddy has been talking about this as far back at 1983/84
40 posted on 07/29/2013 10:58:43 AM PDT by Nowhere Man (I miss you Whitey! (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012). Take care, pretty girl!)
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To: bgill
Duct tape.

Screwdriver - $5.00 ... Soldering Iron - $20.00 ... Duct Tape - PRICELESS ...

41 posted on 07/29/2013 12:35:29 PM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: Revolting cat!

I hope not. I abandoned it somewhere in the mid80s and didn’t leave a forwarding address!


42 posted on 07/29/2013 8:43:56 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: george76

In a way, I hope they are. I want them to know that every time a leftist comes on the tube they lose ad revenue.


43 posted on 07/29/2013 9:50:46 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Islam offers choices: convert, submit, or die.)
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