Samsung TV data protection court case in Germany is a wake up call from the past 

There’s no let up among German consumer rights organizations who want technology firms to respect privacy and data protection laws. This week, Samsung’s in the dock over one of its Internet-enabled TVs. Alas, we should have seen it coming – if only we’d been watching the screens that have so clearly been watching us. Even before this age of networked TVs and near permanent connectivity the future was well written – way back in 1975 in John Brunner’s novel, “The Shockwave Rider.”Reading the science fiction classic today, you would be forgiven for thinking Brunner had a Samsung smart TV and the year was 2057.This is a novel in which the protagonist, Nickie Haflinger, has inhabited numerous coded personalities, including that of a priest. A child who comes to him can’t confess, because the confessional booth is wired – “the secrecy of the confessional doesn’t apply when you’re talking to a microphone.” It’s “science in the service of morality” – and almost everything is decided on statistics and controlled by computers.But I digress.The point is the characters are under constant surveillance in their “plugged in lifestyles” – and a “low-grade paranoia” pervades because “people know that people they don’t know can find out things about them they’d rather keep quiet.”George Orwell’s “1984”? Dave Eggers’ “The Circle”? Forget it. This is worse. Here, the level of intrusive surveillance goes deeper.”It isn’t knowing that the machines know things about you […],” says another character, Ina Grieson. “It’s not knowing what the things are which they know.”

Source: Samsung TV data protection court case in Germany is a wake up call from the past | Sci-Tech | DW.COM | 18.05.2016

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