In the past we already have occasional horror story about smart TVs: manufacturers like Samsung or LG are determined to collect personal data with the theoretical aim of improving its services Smart TV. This is not ending here.
A user of a drive Samsung SSD 840 EVO has discovered how to try to update the internal firmware of the unit via the Samsung Magician utility appeared a disturbing message: “your firmware is not updated and you did not access the collection and use of your personal information”.
The problem is real
This user published the picture in which you could read that message a few hours ago, which caused the logical reaction among users who commented on that message and comparing this fact with which also affected other products of the firm-and other manufacturers – in data collection that seems exaggerated.
We wanted to try to verify this strange request. In our tests with a somewhat older unit (one Samsung 830 256GB) can install the software in its latest version today, the 4.9.6. In this installation process there are two steps that theoretically one must accept.
CONSENT ON THE USE AND TRANSFER OF DATA You understand and agree that Samsung may collect, use and transfer to international data related to your device, to the extent permitted by applicable law, including technical information on systems and applications, application programs and associated and related to that device, in order to provide product support, perform statistical research, update our software and devices offer other related services. Furthermore, these data may be shared with other subsidiaries of Samsung worldwide and our service providers for such purposes.
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What information is collected and why? In order to provide Samsung Magician, as well as authenticate your identity or device, we collect certain information about you and your device. This information includes the IP address, serial numbers and IDs of the devices used in connection with Samsung Magician, the number of installed on the PC or device used to access Samsung Magician drivers. Who we share your information? We may need to share your information with affiliates of Samsung (as data processors) if necessary for the purposes mentioned above.
But in reality although we not accept those terms can complete the installation. And that’s when the problem comes. We completed the installation without accepting those terms that appeared in the second case and have reproduced the problem to that alluded user on Twitter. Once the software is installed and gained access to it, we try to update the firmware the unit, which will make this message.