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Germany investigates smart TVs and their use of personal data

The German cartel office (Bundeskartellamt) has this week launched an inquiry into the smart TV market, focussed on how the TV manufacturers use consumer data. In these early days of the General Data Regulation (GDPR) in Europe, this could lead to significant changes to terms of service and contracts and even result in devices or apps being withdrawn from the market. In particular one area we suspect that will be a little worrying will be any Smart TVs that use Android TV. The issues surrounding its Widevine DRM which requires Google to run the license server in the cloud, means that any Android TV box that uses this (it supports Microsoft PlayReady as well) sends data about what each household…

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