And as an added bonus, the configuration setting to turn it off doesn't actually turn it off. But wait - it gets even better!
LG Smart TVs logging USB filenames and viewing info to LG serversEarlier this month I discovered that my new LG Smart TV was displaying ads on the Smart landing screen.
After some investigation, I found a rather creepy corporate video advertising their data collection practices to potential advertisers. It's quite long but a sample of their claims are as follows:
LG Smart Ad analyses users favourite programs, online behaviour, search keywords and other information to offer relevant ads to target audiences.
It was at this point, I made an even more disturbing find within the packet data dumps. I noticed filenames were being posted to LG's servers and that these filenames were ones stored on my external USB hard drive.Because they buried some text in their End User License Agreement (EULA) saying that you were totally cool with that and everything. And so what was LG's response when he contacted him about this?
The advice we have been given is that unfortunately as you accepted the Terms and Conditions on your TV, your concerns would be best directed to the retailer. We understand you feel you should have been made aware of these T's and C's at the point of sale, and for obvious reasons LG are unable to pass comment on their actions.[blink blink]
So because you clicked the EULA you need to take it back to the retailer? Who almost certainly won't take it back, even though they sold it to you without you knowing you were like totally cool with LG spying on you.
One option would be to hire a lawyer and sue. That would make this the world's most expensive TV set. A better option is to never buy anything from LG that has an Ethernet jack on it.
Ever. But hey, that's just me. Maybe you're totally cool with them spying on you. And I'm sure it's totally safe to plug a camera into that thing. Totally.
Yet Another Reason not to watch the boob tube ...