The Bavarian Data Privacy Authority (BayLDA) has tested smart TVs from 13 manufacturers, covering about 90 percent of the German market, for their retrieval of users’ personal data. In its report, BayLDA makes clear that the aim of the study was not to certify particular companies, but to explore general patterns of data processing by smart TVs in order to prepare future legal assessments. BayLDA’s main finding was that manufacturers and suppliers of smart TVs should guarantee the anonymity of users’ data in compliance with the German Tele Media Act.

The BayLDA report