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Mitigation

Limiting information leakage can be controlled as long as the correct network devices and configurations are in use. In all cases, having a router that is capable of blocking or filtering out-going network traffic is required. Multiple vendors support this ability, D-Link, Cisco/Linksys, and Netgear are some examples. Specifically, keyword and website filters are what need to be configured, while sometimes blocking a known IP Address at the firewall itself will also work.

DoctorBeet has already provided a starting list of domains to look into blocking, if there are concerns about what data is leaked to LG. I would, however, still permit “llnwd.net” as they are a content delivery network used by some companies.

Even through LG has declared they are going to fix the issue, it is still possible for a mistake to be made and non-approved data to leak out of a network, and it is always best to minimize this leakage.

 

Conclusion

The information gathered expands upon DoctorBeet's article, and exposes a broader scope to the data capturing network. Three zones have been created to capture the viewing habits of people in 142 countries who own an LG SmartTV.

The UK and Canada have relatively strict provisions for what data is exempt from the privacy laws, and many other countries may also have laws in place that LG may be in violation of. Our societies have been bleeding far too much personal information through other methodologies used by advertising companies, and I personally think it is time to start closing as many of them off as possible.