In this age of information, we all have to worry about someone spying on us. Whether it’s on the internet, or when you’re using your credit card in a store, you’ve come to expect intruding eyes in many places. Did you expect one of those places to be your living room?
Why Is Your TV Spying on You?
A lot of your home devices are connected to the internet 24/7 now. From your cellphone to your refrigerator, your home is connected in ways no one could’ve imagined two decades ago. Sometimes this extra connectivity is good and helpful, but every once in a while, that connection is misused. You just don’t expect the manufacturer of your TV to be the one misusing that connection.
Vizio, one of the largest TV manufacturers in the country, has been taken to court for spying on its customers. The company’s smart TVs had software on board that would monitor its customer’s viewing habits and report them back to the company. And though it’s not illegal to collect this data, it is illegal not to tell your customers that you are doing so.
For not telling its customers that their televisions were rigged to monitor their viewing habits, the Federal Trade Commission took Vizio to court. In order to avoid a trial, the company submitted a settlement of $2.2 million, and a judge accepted the proposal. This will settle charges that the company spied on consumers, hid the spying from them, and then sold the data to third parties.
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