I bought a Samsung Smart TV about 2 years ago. Cost a couple thousand dollars. Cost another thousand for a speaker set.
Today, while doing something else and letting the TV run in the background, a banner message was running along the top of the screen that I just happened to turn around and see.
Samsung is (silently) letting me know that they’ll be forcing ads onto my pre-paid machine and defaulting my consent to invasive monitoring of my usage and viewing habits in order to target them.
I am absolutely furious. It’s disgusting enough that everything is moving to subscription-based model these days, but I bought a bit of hardware. It’s like buying a car and having the dashboard play fast-food ads at every stoplight. Invasive and completely unacceptable.
What can we do? (Besides form a mob and brick every Samsung store in the country?)