Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Vizio to Pay $2.2 Million to Settle Claims Its TVs Spied on Customers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Vizio to Pay $2.2 Million to Settle Claims Its TVs Spied on Customers

Article excerpt

Vizio Inc. agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle charges that it used 11 million "smart" televisions to collect viewing histories and other data without obtaining users' consent, the Federal Trade Commission said Monday.

As part of the settlement, Vizio neither confirmed nor denied wrongdoing.

"Today, the FTC has made clear that all smart-TV makers should get people's consent before collecting and sharing television viewing information, and Vizio now is leading the way," Jerry Huang, Vizio general counsel, said of the settlement.

The Irvine, Calif.-based firm, which was recently purchased by Chinese firm LeEco, is the most popular TV maker in the United States, with about 20 percent of the market.

According to the lawsuit, Vizio was literally watching its watchers capturing "second-by-second information" about what people viewed on its smart TVs. …

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