News Summary: Do LG smart TVs grab user data?

AP News
Posted: Nov 21, 2013 3:47 PM

SCREEN GRAB: LG Electronics Inc. said it is investigating a claim that some of its smart TVs send information on home viewing habits back to the company without consent.

WHISTLE BLOWER: Jason Huntley, a 45-year-old IT consultant in Britain, detailed in his blog how his LG smart TV logged the channels he was watching and sent the data to LG, even after he disabled the information collection feature. Also collected were the names of files saved in an external USB hard drive plugged into the TV and the TV's identification information.

BACK STORY: LG's smart TV ad platform lets advertisers reach target audiences from device information, location and details such as age and gender.