HiSense, a consumer electronic goods maker, has stated that its televisions do not come with the “block function”, which allows manufacturers to disable televisions remotely.
The existence of this function came to light last week when Samsung announced it would activate the block function on the smart televisions that were stolen during the looting last month.
Samsung said in a statement that if a stolen TV were connected to the internet, its serial number would be identified and the device would be disabled immediately. They added that if a device was disabled erroneously one would only need to mail them proof of purchase and a copy of a valid TV license.
For its part, HiSense has said that only did it not have such a function in its television but that having such a function would not fit with its values.
“Hisense’s foundational ethos is built around consumer trust and privacy protection. We currently do not have the block function on our smart television range. As a company, we feel strongly about protecting our consumer’s privacy,” it said in a statement.
HiSense said that if it were to consider adding such a function, it would consult broadly on the matter before doing so. “Should we in future consider a TV block function, a multilevel analysis as well as opinion polls, will be conducted with our consumers and line managers.”
Sources: Business Insider
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