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NY Senator: Internet-Equipped TVs Could Spy On You

Senator Charles Schumer
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Senator Charles Schumer in Plattsburgh

New York Senator Charles Schumer says new Internet-equipped televisions could be spying on you.

The Democrat, New York’s senior Senator, called for security standards for televisions with built-in web cameras.

The senator says hackers can easily access microphones and video images captured by the new television technology.

The technology is supposed to allow for video chats.

Manufacturers have suggested that consumers tape over the camera and unplug the TV when it's not in use.

But Schumer says the burden shouldn't be on the consumer. He called on manufacturers to institute minimum security standards on the devices.

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