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Your TV may be spying on you; see how to avoid

Smart TVs and streaming devices, such as Apple TV and Chromecast, offer users a choice of features and content not available on open or paid channels. However, this advantage has a price.

Devices have a usage clause in which users typically pay no attention and allow the device to track a person's viewing habits and send information to advertisers and other third parties.

Vizio has recently been ordered to pay a $ 2.2 million fine for not adequately disclosing that it shares tracking information, and Samsung and LG have also gone through similar lawsuits.

Here's how to keep TV from spying on what you watch:


On models from 2016 onwards, click the "Home" button on the remote control, go to "Settings", look for "Support" and then "Terms and Policies." Under "Interest-based advertising," click "Disable interactive services," and under "Viewing information services," click "I agree." Already in "Speech Recognition Services", click "Turn off advanced features of Speech Recognition Services".

On older models, click "Menu" on the remote control, look for "Smart Hub" and select "Terms and Policy." Now turn off the "SynchPlus and Marketing" option; you can also disagree with any of the other policies listed and, if you have one, turn off speech recognition.


For handsets from 2015 onwards, click the "Setup" button on the remote control, choose "All Settings" and then "General". Go to ?About this TV?, select ?User Agreement? and uncheck ?Viewing Information?, ?Custom Advertising? and ?Voice Info?. J on old TVs, click the "Menu" button, look for "Opo" and disable "Live Plus."


On newer TVs (series E, M and P 2016), which use Vizio's SmartCast system, instead of a traditional smart television menu, tracking is not enabled, while smart TVs sold before 2011 have already had Tracking is turned off by the company itself.

Now, on handsets produced between 2011 and 2015, as well as the D series of 2016, just access the "Menu" through the remote control, open the "Settings", select "System" and then "Reset and Admin". Search for "Smart Interactivity" and switch to "Off."


For 2015 and 2016 TVs using the Android TV operating system, press the ?Home? button on the remote control, select ?Settings? and then ?About?. Under "Ad Settings", click "Opt out of Ads Personalization" and "OK" in the popup that appears.

On older TVs, it was not possible to find any setting that applies privacy.

Apple tv

On Apple TV (launched in 2015), navigate to Settings, look for Privacy, and enable the Limit ad tracking feature. On the privacy page, you can also choose to disable sharing of diagnostic data, location services, and see which applications request access to HomeKit and Photos applications.

On older models, go to ?Settings?, ?General? and change ?Send Data to Apple? to ?No?.


You can disable Chromecast usage data and crash reporting by using the ?Home? app on your smartphone or tablet. Open the app and select the "Menu" icon (the three lines in the upper left), click "Devices" or "Devices", choose the Chromecast you want to control and click the three dots in the upper left corner of the screen. Select "Settings" and uncheck "Send Chromecast device usage data and crash reports to Google".

Remember that the commands on your TV or streaming device may vary by device and operating system version.


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