- Bruce Schneier: Growing number of everyday devices are listening in
- This data is a treasure trove for criminals, he says
Bruce Schneier is a security technologist and author. He is the CTO of Co3 Systems, Inc., and his latest book is "Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World." He blogs at schneier.com and tweets @schneierblog. The views expressed are his own.
(CNN)Earlier this week, we learned that Samsung televisions are eavesdropping on their owners. If you have one of their Internet-connected smart TVs, you can turn on a voice command feature that saves you the trouble of finding the remote, pushing buttons and scrolling through menus. But making that feature work requires the television to listen to everything you say. And what you say isn't just processed by the television; it may be forwarded over the Internet for remote processing. It's literally Orwellian.