We Aren't Watching You - Yet

Friday, June 21, 2013


Last week, a bill called the We Are Watching You Act was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives. It's meant to protect consumers from new technology that could monitor them as they watch TV or play video games. Brooke speaks to Rep. Walter Jones, one of the bill's cosponsors, about why he feels these regulations are necessary.


Rep. Walter Jones, Jr.

Hosted by:

Brooke Gladstone

Comments [6]

Stephen Menasian from Pennsylvania

I can't wait!! I'll set 2 TVs facing each other - The Waltons on one and a porn channel on the other OR Mr. Rogers and Archie Bunker watching each other. The possibilities are endless. I'll be observing from another room. VERY entertaining.

Jun. 25 2013 01:35 PM
Ramesh from Ny

From today's perspective TV-with-Eye sounds like outrageous thing. Companies will introduces this monster in a trickle so that the landing is smooth. I am sure customers will sign-up.

Jun. 24 2013 05:27 PM
Francisco from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

All data you generate being sucked up? Your viewscreen (sorry, television) watching and listening to what you do? "Enemies" being tortured?

Why can't Tech companies and Govts understand that 1984 was a warning not a guide?

Jun. 24 2013 02:19 PM
Christy B. from Orange County, CA

As I piece aired, my mouth was agape. Sadly, I imagine that if people are offered "free" cable, a discounted or a "free" television, in exchange this technology will spread a lot quicker than we would imagine.

Jun. 23 2013 08:06 PM

"Aren't there some positives to this?" "Of course; it will increase our safety and security...." How so? Will the TV call the police if my house is broken into? I don't really understand how targeted ads will increase my safety and security...

Jun. 23 2013 04:32 PM
Steve MacIntyre

This isn't far-fetched in the least. About a year ago, the story ran about a school district which distributed laptops to its students and then secretly used the cameras and microphones in the laptops to spy on the students at home.

Both my desktop and laptop computers are equipped with microphones and cameras pointed right at me. (For that matter, so are my iPhone and my iPod. I expect that every new computer and smart phone coming off an assembly line is so equipped.) About a month ago while working at my desk, I found myself looking into my computer screen filled with the image of my own face staring back at me. I don't know how I activated the camera, but that school district came immediately to mind.

So I have now taped pieces of tape over the cameras, but don't quite know what to do about the microphones. The Congressmen are definitely on to something.

Jun. 22 2013 04:45 PM

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