The Belgian Commission for the Protection of Privacy announced it may administer penalties to the creators of apps that can listen for the TV programs a user may be watching, Telecompaper reports. Research conducted by The New York Times found numerous apps use software from the company Alphonso to determine what programs users watch. While the company claims its software can distinguish the sounds coming from a TV, the margin for error could also result in the apps collecting private conversations. The regulator said it could start administering fines once the EU General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect in May.

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