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