Verizon last year filed a patent for monitoring technology that would use infrared cameras and microphones to track and collect consumer behavior in the vicinity of a TV or mobile device. 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."
The bill, We Are Watching You Act of 2013, would prohibit video service operators like Verizon and Comcast 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.
Sounds very "1984" to me. Just think, by giving up this freedom in the bedroom, Big Brother will know when you are having sex and will start charging a sex tax.......
"1984" wasn't supposed to be an instruction manual.