Verizon Files Patent For Cable Box That Watches You As You Watch Television

Another reason not to own a TV, via Yahoo! News:

A Verizon patent idea envisions spying on TV viewers for the sake of serving up related ads. For instance, a couple snuggling in front of the TV could end up getting bombarded by commercials for romantic vacations, flowers or even birth control. The system could also detect a person’s mood or identify objects such as pets, soft drink cans or a bag of chips in a person’s hand, and room decorations or furniture.

Such a patent idea would turn TV set-top boxes into spy boxes with sensors for both seeing and hearing the activity in front of the TV. Many TV viewers already own such set-top boxes to access pay-per-view services, digital video recordings and Internet streaming.

The patent filing even suggests the tracking system communicating with whatever smartphone or tablet a TV viewer might happen to have in his or her hands. That would allow Verizon to sneak a look at the websites a person is browsing, read email drafts or see what e-book he or she is reading.

22 Comments on "Verizon Files Patent For Cable Box That Watches You As You Watch Television"

  1. Anarchy Pony | Dec 11, 2012 at 12:28 pm |

    Stay in the bubble!

  2. 1984 was not supposed to be a how to manual.

    • Anarchy Pony | Dec 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm |

      There are those that beg to differ.

      • utterly_disgusted | Dec 13, 2012 at 2:59 pm |

        and those who beg to differ are retarded. i agree with you abide. for what reason does verizon think it is okay to spy on you. how pathetic are we?

        • Anarchy Pony | Dec 13, 2012 at 4:04 pm |

          They’re not retarded, they are as close to genuinely evil as you could hope to find.

  3. toothpick | Dec 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm |

    the magic of George Orwell is still strong

  4. Calypso_1 | Dec 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm |

    Just hack it and feed a looped vid of a proctology exam.

    That’s if you watch cable.

    But what’s the difference with a laptop cam and mic. I’ve had several viruses that escaped the
    attentions of security software that activated the mic and cam.
    Fun time w/ desoldering.
    Problem solved.

    Now if I can just get the implants out of my head.

    • Know how I know you’re full of shit? Laptop cameras and microphones aren’t hard-soldered into motherboards.

  5. For the cameras, use lens caps.

    As I do with laptop and netbook cameras, just take a post-it note and cut a strip from the adhesive’d edge and a triangle from an opposing corner and construct a band-aid sort of thing (the corner piece in the center to go over the camera itself so the adhesive doesn’t mess it up) to stick over the camera.

  6. Just because something gets patented doesn’t mean they’re actively pursuing it. It just means that if anyone besides them ever do develop such a thing, they expect to get paid for it.

  7. Kelly Stevens | Dec 11, 2012 at 7:23 pm |

    Sell your Verizon stock because people simply will take their business elsewhere.

  8. BuzzCoastin | Dec 11, 2012 at 7:35 pm |

    since most smart phones already do this
    and it’s stock and trade for Google and its ilk
    it seems likely this technology is already deployed
    a patent merely protects a proprietary method
    and when they announce it’s availability
    50% of the sheeple will ask for it by name
    and another 40% will demand it be installed immediately

  9. they better serve up some porn once i start stroking it. i get bored

  10. nice I want to try :))

  11. Well, looks like I’m never watching TV again.

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