Well kinda yeah but not a lot.
I mean, if you’re incredibly paranoid you should know that DIRECTV receivers, just like most connected devices, collect a lot of information about how they’re used. That can include key presses, your viewing patterns, and really any way you interact with it.
This is certainly not limited to DIRECTV and the company doesn’t hide the fact.
Take a look for yourself
Their customer agreement says,
We collect information about you and how you’re using our Products or Services along with information about your devices and equipment. This may include performance information, along with web browsing, location and TV viewing information.
Routine and probably harmless
But this sort of data gathering is routine and in the opinion of most people, harmless. In the past, security firms have accused consumer electronics companies of out-and-out spying. Do you remember when Samsung Smart TVs with cameras and microphones were sending personal information, audio and video feeds to a server even when the TV had no reason to be collecting that information? They automatically recognized text from those recordings Not only that they kept text translations on servers without any form of encryption. DIRECTV doesn’t do that. They don’t listen to your discussions, and DIRECTV equipment doesn’t even have a camera on it. Simple as that.
Let’s keep the conversation going
Personally, I think that the discussions we have about privacy and encryption are some of the most important ones we can have right now. We’re on the very first steps of a long road with our relationship with a global network, and most lawmakers simply don’t understand the possibilities inherent in gathering and storing personal information. Honestly, I believe that we won’t know for 30 or 40 years. It will take that long before we really understand the impact of the Internet on our lives. So, in the meantime I think we all have to be very careful. We should not give up on some of our fundamental privacy provisions. It’s just not worth it in order to simply be able to watch reality TV.
So, while DIRECTV isn’t the enemy here. Honestly, I genuinely believe they are doing everything possible to safeguard your data. I don’t think they not even collect it if it isn’t necessary. For sure, that isn’t always true of other companies. Choose your business partners well, and always think about what you’re willing to give up. Above all, yes I know it’s a drag but read all that stuff they send you. There’s a lot of information there.