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VIZIO TV was watching you. FTC Complaint by New Jersey Attorney General

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This is a very disturbing finding about a complaint to the FTC about Vizio US TV's.  If you own one you had better read.  Here is the general data on the complaint.

 

Starting in 2014, Vizio made TVs that automatically tracked what consumers were watching and transmitted that data back to its servers. Vizio even retrofitted older models by installing its tracking software remotely. All of this, the FTC and AG allege, was done without clearly telling consumers or getting their consent.

 

On a second-by-second basis, Vizio collected a selection of pixels on the screen that it matched to a database of TV, movie, and commercial content. What’s more, Vizio identified viewing data from cable or broadband service providers, set-top boxes, streaming devices, DVD players, and over-the-air broadcasts. Add it all up and Vizio captured as many as 100 billion data points each day from millions of TVs.

Vizio then turned that mountain of data into cash by selling consumers’ viewing histories to advertisers and others. 

https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2017/02/what-vizio-was-doing-behind-tv-screen

 

 

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Dave

I don't agree with what Vizio did but it states right in the Privacy Policy what they are going to do.  Pretty detailed.  Sell.You.Out.

 

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And of course, the setting was on by default on my TV. Yeah, it's off now. 

 

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cskenney

Anonymous data collection isn't anonymous when you collect a unique identifier that can very easily be matched back to a location, address or specific person.

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Dave

Agree. They should be in hotter water than 2.2 million in fines. I'm willing to bet there is a class action already started on this.  This was my cheapo Wal-Mart TV.  42" with Amazon and Netflix built in. <sigh> I won't buy another Vizio. 

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