Vizio Internet TVs Tracking Owner Habits

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Last week many consumers learned for the first time that their internet-enabled Vizio TVs from model year 2014 going forward have been spying on their viewing and web surfing habits.

 

Gollum Privacy Meme

 

From Time Magazine:


TV maker Vizio is paying $2.2 million to settle charges that it tracked owners’ viewing habits, then turned around and sold that data without users’ permission.

Here’s more from the Federal Trade Commission’s statement:

According to the agencies’ complaint, starting in February 2014, VIZIO, Inc. and an affiliated company have manufactured VIZIO smart TVs that capture second-by-second information about video displayed on the smart TV, including video from consumer cable, broadband, set-top box, DVD, over-the-air broadcasts, and streaming devices.

In addition, VIZIO facilitated appending specific demographic information to the viewing data, such as sex, age, income, marital status, household size, education level, home ownership, and household value, the agencies allege. VIZIO sold this information to third parties, who used it for various purposes, including targeting advertising to consumers across devices, according to the complaint.


 

Click here to read the full article on Time, which includes instructions for how to disable potential tracking on your Vizio internet-enabled TV.

 

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