s skippy the bush kangaroo: who is watching you

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

who is watching you

can you believe that it could be your tv or gaming device? verizon isn't content with "can you hear me now"....they want to "see you now."

a couple of lawmakers say that people should know if their electronic devices can watch them undress, pick their nose or scratch their groins, among other things. and, yes....there is a bi-partisan bill brought forth.

the bill, called the we are watching you act of 2013, would prohibit video service operators from collecting visual or audio data from the vicinity of the device without express permission from the consumer. tor viewers that opt in, the monitoring company would have to display a "we are watching you" message on the screen and provide to the consumer what types of information is being collected and how it will be used.

while such big brother tv monitoring hasn't yet been deployed, verizon last year filed a patent for monitoring technology that would use infrared cameras and microphones to track and collect consumer behavior in the vicinity of a tv or mobile device. according to the patent application, the technology could detect ambient action, like people eating, exercising, reading, sleeping and more.

"this may sound preposterous but it's neither a joke nor an exaggeration," capuano said in a statement. "these dvrs would essentially observe consumers as they watch television as a way to super-target ads. it is an incredible invasion of privacy." - adweek

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