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Vizio TVs

2017-02-06 22:18:05.973149+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Federal Trade Commission: What Vizio was doing behind the TV screen:

What did Vizio know about what was going on in the privacy of consumers’ homes? 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. And let’s be clear: We’re not talking about summary information about national viewing trends. According to the complaint, Vizio got personal. The company provided consumers’ IP addresses to data aggregators, who then matched the address with an individual consumer or household. Vizio’s contracts with third parties prohibited the re-identification of consumers and households by name, but allowed a host of other personal details – for example, sex, age, income, marital status, household size, education, and home ownership. And Vizio permitted these companies to track and target its consumers across devices.

Federal Trade Commission: VIZIO to Pay $2.2 Million to FTC, State of New Jersey to Settle Charges It Collected Viewing Histories on 11 Million Smart Televisions without Users’ Consent

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#Comment Re: Vizio TVs made: 2017-02-07 16:08:27.717595+00 by: Larry Burton

This is one of the reasons I don't like Smart TVs. Give me just a monitor with a tuner built in and I'm happy. I'll connect my own smart box to it, at least that limits the intrusion to what is provided by that box. Of course with the it shows that not even open source projects aren't without their faults.

#Comment Re: Vizio TVs made: 2017-02-08 00:07:19.346979+00 by: Dan Lyke

Interesting. The value of open source is that this was found quickly... A little more on the topic: http://koditips.com/lambda-retire-exodus-news-summary/

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