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COLUMBUS (John Matarese) -- Smart TVs are popular this holiday shopping season, but there is a potential downside to streaming Internet videos.

A new admission from one manufacturer suggests that these TVs can spy on its viewers.

LG said that its smart TVs collect data on shows and movies watched in order to send personalized ads to the viewer. Samsung, the largest TV maker, has yet to comment.

While people have become accustomed to computers keeping records of websites we visit and subjects we search, many are outraged that this crosses the line when it comes to their televisions.

The bottom line, however, is that nothing you look at online is really secret.

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