Chinese Smart TV Caught Mining Users' Data

A Chinese analytics company has been collecting personal data from Skyworth-brand smart TVs without users' consent.

    2021/05/05

NSFW    BEIJING — A Chinese analytics company has been collecting personal data from Skyworth-brand smart TVs without users' consent, scanning their Wi-Fi every 10 minutes and uploading information, according to Protocol.

The practice was revealed by a user who noticed their TV was being slow and analyzed back-end program code to find out why. What they found was a program by Beijing-based Gozen Data.

According to the user, the program not only tracked activity on Skyworth smart TVs, it also tracked smart device activity near to the TVs.

A Skyworth spokesperson in Hong Kong told Apple Daily that it denied intruding on people's privacy, saying instead that it collected user data to facilitate personalized advertising.

Protocol reports statements on Gozen's website that say its data collection service covers 149 million households, 140 million smart TVs and 457 million people in China.
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