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Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) called on major television manufacturers to create a uniform standard of security to be used in all new internet and video televisions that prevents hackers from spying on consumers.

Schumer said this can allow hackers to spy inside families’ homes.

The new "smart" TV's have built in cameras, microphones, and internet access, which allow viewers to access online media and make video calls. But researchers have been able to hack into TV's, turning on the cameras and microphones and could look in living rooms, gain access to credit card numbers and other person information.

“The very same security features that we see in computers and laptops that make it harder to hack into those should be in the TV’s as well. it doesn't cost very much, it's easily done, and the TV manufacturers should do it, so we don't have to introduce any legislation," said Sen. Schumer.

Some manufacturers have suggested customers put tape over the camera or unplug the TV when it’s not being used, but Schumer said burden shouldn’t be on the TV owners alone.

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