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Is your telly spying on you? It might just be, after tech sites claimed Samsung TVs are spying on viewers by recording what they say, no matter how intimate their whisperings.

It's all because of voice recognition. In order to get better at recognising which show you're searching for, Samsung's smart TVs pass on your utterances to a third-party service.

The service then "converts speech to text or to the extent necessary to provide the Voice Recognition features to you," according to Samsung's privacy policy.

It goes on: "In addition, Samsung may collect and your device may capture voice commands and associated texts so that we can provide you with Voice Recognition features and evaluate and improve the features.

"Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or otherwise sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third-party through your use of Voice Recognition."

What's worrying is that the tellies can pick up on everything you say, not just when you search for films or TV shows.

It's not clear whether the sets constantly monitor you, or just when you use voice recognition.

If you're perturbed, you can switch off voice recognition and still speak to control your set using a preset list of voice commands. Or just reach for the remote.

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