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Vizio TVs turn On Their Owners


If you have a Vizio TV, you will get a taste of a bizarre future where gadgets turn against its makers after betraying its owners.

A pop-up informing you that your TV has been spying on you will prompt you to sue its own manufacturer.

All this drama started on November 2015, when journalistic watchdog ProPublica exposed Vizio for illegally using its popular smart TVs to spy on its customers. The “feature” recorded what, when, and where its TV users were watching in order to sell their viewing habits data to advertisers. Then, advertisers could use that data to “find you on your phone and other devices” and target your with advertisement tailored to those habits. Pretty sleazy.

The company states that they are innocent and that all data it recording was anonymous, and not specific to each user, and asked the class action lawsuit to be dismissed. But a California federal judge didn’t buy its arguments two times — in March and July, allowing the legal process to continue.

This was despite the fact that, in February 2017, the company came to a very friendly $2.2 million settlement with the FTC on this investigation.

As part of the legal process against the company, the plaintiffs — lead by the law firm Girard Gibbs — and defendant Vizio agreed to push a notice to all affected smart TVs alerting consumers of what happened and what are their rights to join the class action lawsuit on September 12.

But now there may be a delay: according to The Hollywood Reporter, there are some technical and legal problems that Vizio has to solve before sending the note.

The new target date, according to the plaintiff’s lawyers, is sometime between September 12 and October 3. Now more than ever, if you are a Vizio Smart TV owner, stay tuned in.

Source: Toms guide

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