Samsung denies recording communications, violating US federal laws
Samsung has not intercepted or recorded any private communications in people's homes and it adheres to the US Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Samsung Spokesperson Danielle Cohen said in a statement.
"Samsung adheres to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act," Cohen said in the statement on Thursday.
Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a federal complaint against Samsung in response to the company's alleged recording of private conversations.
The company explained that some television sets offer voice recognition features, but that is the extent of the scope of Samsung's television technology.
"Samsung takes consumer privacy very seriously," the company said in an earlier statement. "We employ industry-standard security safeguards and practices, including data encryption, to secure consumers' personal information and prevent unauthorized collection or use."
COPPA imposes requirements on website operators or online services to children under 13 as well as on operators of other websites or online services that have knowledge they are collecting personal information from children under 13, according to the US Federal Trade Commission.
While FTC Senior Public Affairs Specialist Jay Mayfield said the Commission is not able to comment on practices of particular companies, and could not confirm nor deny that an investigation into Samsung was taking place.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center, a public interest group focused on civil liberties and privacy, previously asked the FTC to investigate and stop Samsung's practices of collecting private communications and transmitting the recordings to a third party.