"There are people out there that you want us to spy on," said Hayden.
"You want us to have the ability to actually turn on that listening device inside the TV to learn that person's intentions.
In February 2017, Vizio agreed to pay .2 million to the Federal Trade Commission for failing to disclose when and how it collects user information and, more frighteningly, for transmitting the user data while it was unencrypted.
"Automated content recognition software," which was pre-installed on Vizio TVs sold since 2014, captured a selection of pixels displayed on Vizio TV screens and sent that data to company's servers, where those pixels were matched to a database of TV shows, movies, and commercials.
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Over 40 million US households own smart TVs, a category that made up more than half of TVs shipped globally in the first quarter of 2016.
These high-tech internet-connected displays offer viewers the ease of access to services like Netflix, games, and social media without a Roku, Chromecast, or other media streamer — but they also may be tracking your viewing habits and listening to your conversations.
More from Buzzfeed: Two thirds of adults say they would boycott a brand over social issues DC restaurant owners sue Trump, saying his hotel has an unfair advantage Mitch Mc Connell is glad he played politics with the Supreme Court The smart TV "operates as a bug, recording conversations in the room and sending them over the Internet to a covert CIA server," according to Wiki Leaks, though ex-CIA director Michael Hayden said, "These tools would not be used against an American," and, "There are bad people in the world that have Samsung TVs, too," in response to the Weeping Angel documentation published.
"Smart TVs are testing the privacy expectations that consumers developed in the era of traditional television," said Bureau of Consumer Protection director Jessica Rich in her opening remarks at last fall's smart TV workshop hosted by the Federal Trade Commission.
Today's Wiki Leaks release revealed that Samsung smart TV owners are particularly vulnerable to spying.
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