They don't need cameras and microphones in any of your appliances like a cable box or a washing machine, and there aren't any. Anyone with basic actual understanding of electronics can open up these things and see with their own eyes that there aren't cameras or microphones in them. Smart meters are not receiving and relaying signals from these fictitious spy devices. If anything is going to be used to spy, they are going to use technology that already exists, like cell phones. They're perfect for the application (ALL have a microphone and most these days have a camera), people buy them voluntarily, they have a means of transmitting, and they are legally required to have a backdoor to sniff audio and video even when powered off. Laptops would be secondary. They all have cameras, microphones, and a wireless device in them, and software like Flash, by default, has access to them.
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