LG Smart TVs logging USB filenames and viewing info to LG servers

As manufacturers build increasing amounts of compute into their TV’s, my indifference turns to wariness. Especially with stunts like this. Most people already have cheap, compact external devices with far better interfaces and ecosystems which they use to stream media. This particularly nasty oversight has been patched, but you can be sure there will be more to come.

“This information appears to be sent back unencrypted and in the clear to LG every time you change channel, even if you have gone to the trouble of changing the setting above to switch collection of viewing information off. It was at this point, I made an even more disturbing find within the packet data dumps.  I noticed filenames were being posted to LG’s servers and that these filenames were ones stored on my external USB hard drive.”

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