My LG TV is spying on me, claims blogger

Electronics giant LG is investigating a claim by a British blogger that some of its smart TVs send information about the owner’s viewing habits despite the activation of privacy settings.

Hull-based IT consultant Jason Huntley wrote a blog claiming to have discovered that his LG model was sending data about his family’s viewing habits back to the South Korean manufacturer.

Writing on his DoctorBeet blog, he said it appeared that unencrypted details about each channel change had been transmitted to LG’s computer servers even after he disabled the option “Collection of watching info” in the settings menu.

A spokeswoman for LG, the world’s second-largest TV maker, said it was looking into the matter.

The Information Commissioner’s Office said it would investigate an “alleged breach of the Data Protection Act”.