New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing ground-breaking legislation that would require companies that make “smart” devices like smart phones and televisions that can record, retain and transmit recordings to clearly display those capabilities to consumers.

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The Democrat says the legislation is intended to make sure people know their smartphones, smart speakers and smart TVs that are connected to the internet can record what their owners are doing so they can manage their settings accordingly.

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The Governor says everyone has heard stories about smart devices connected to the internet recording people without their knowledge. Cuomo says people should be better informed about those capabilities and not have to search for that information hidden in fine print.

The Governor’s announcement did not go into detail on how that information would be displayed and what penalties could be levied against companies that failed to clearly disclose recording capabilities.

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