Beware your smart TV. A user in China reported that his smart TV was scanning data every ten minutes in his house.
“I felt that the TV was a bit slow before, and I looked at what background services were turned on. I found that there is something called ‘GoZheng Data Service,’ and I don’t know what it is,” the user wrote.
That “Data Service” was delivering data to a firm in Beijing. It collected users’ IP addresses, WiFi networks, device names and network latency. Justifiably, users in China were outraged and the company has issued an apology and a promise to be more clear about what information they collect and gather users’ consent first.
It is not clear if this service operates on any TVs in the U.S. Yet another reason to use a VPN.