Last year Verizon filed for a patent for technology that would have infrared cameras and microphones monitor TV viewers behavior.

Cameras in Your Cable Box?

According to the patent application, the technology could detect ambient action, like people eating, exercising, reading, sleeping and more.

“This may sound preposterous but it’s neither a joke nor an exaggeration,” Capuano said in a statement. “These DVRs would essentially observe consumers as they watch television as a way to super-target ads. It is an incredible invasion of privacy.”

At least one member of Congress, Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass) is trying to stop this.

The bill, called the We Are Watching You Act of 2013, would prohibit video service operators from collecting visual or audio data from the vicinity of the device without express permission from the consumer. For viewers that opt in, the monitoring company would have to display a “we are watching you” message on the screen and provide to the consumer what types of information is being collected and how it will be used

Would you opt into this?

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  1. mr_richcarter says:

    Soon Big Brother will appear on the screen and say Stand In The Middle Of The Room And Don’t Move, agents will be there to get you in a minute

  2. Chuck says:

    It’s bad if Verizon does it, but I’m willing to bet that the Congressman doesn’t think it’s bad if the NSA does it.

  3. LJZumpano says:

    Another use for duct tape as consumers cover up the camera.

  4. Timbo says:

    Just another good reason not have cable

  5. Kitten says:

    Heck no! I wonder what the incentive will be to get people to sign up for this? Exhibitionist would love it.

    Maybe the low interest in stopping this bill is because the government can’t wait to usurp this technology to literally watch out every move. Too creepy.

  6. Dave says:

    No worries here, my cable company can’t keep ANYTHING working properly.

  7. Maynard says:

    If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear. Stop complaining and embrace the opportunity to be the star of your own personal reality show. Maybe when the technology becomes more refined, people will be able to give you tips when they find your performance especially pleasing. And if you’re ever in danger or face a medical crisis, one of your helpful viewers will call the authorities on your behalf.

  8. midget says:

    Boy are they gonna be bored.

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