Information has been circulating that the Samsung SmartTV has the capability of eavesdropping on conversations but even worse, that the information is actually being shared with various third-parties, which would consist of any hosting arrangement or cloud service.
The policy also states that Samsung and/or the device may gather voice commands, as well as associated texts in order to provide consumers with features of Voice Recognition but to also evaluate and improve those features.
While it is true that gadgets listen to what consumers say using voice recognition, it is only to provide a viable response. In addition, any company that provides the voice recognition feature moves data to a secure data center or cloud and will have some type of third-party cloud. Simply put, voice recognition does nothing more than process conversations for voice features, opposed to listening to data and sharing it with advertisers.
According to Nuance, which provides Voice Recognition for the Samsung SmartTV, they as well as other companies that offer voice recognition may stay with their own clouds. Based on how computing is provided by Cloud, it is unlikely that any data will ever cross paths with a third-party. The more important thing is the way data is protected and safeguarded.