The Reading / Listening - Television - Level 4

The TV maker Vizio will pay $2.2 million because it collected data from 11 million people without asking them. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the USA said Vizio gathered and sold data on customers for years. Vizio began making televisions in 2014 that tracked what people were watching. They used software updates to track people on TVs made before 2014. The FTC said: "Consumers didn’t know that…Vizio was watching them."



The FTC said Vizio captured viewing information and customers' IP addresses. This was a breach of privacy and security. The FTC said: "The data generated when you watch television can reveal a lot about you." Vizio sold data on people's age, sex, household size and income, marital status, home ownership, and education, but not their names. A Vizio lawyer said: "TV makers should get people's consent before collecting and sharing TV viewing information."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Television - Level 5 or  Television - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.pcmag.com/news/351582/own-a-vizio-tv-it-may-have-spied-on-you
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/vizio-settlement_us_589962dee4b0c1284f27e534
  • http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/02/06/vizio-fined-2-2-million-collecting-customer-viewing-histories-without-consent/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The TV
  2. collected data from 11 million people
  3. gathered and sold
  4. Vizio began making
  5. tracked what
  6. software
  7. Consumers didn’t
  8. Vizio was
  1. televisions in 2014
  2. data
  3. know that
  4. watching them
  5. updates
  6. maker Vizio
  7. people were watching
  8. without asking them

Paragraph 2

  1. Vizio captured viewing
  2. customers' IP
  3. This was a breach
  4. reveal a
  5. Vizio sold data
  6. marital
  7. home
  8. get people's
  1. consent before
  2. status
  3. addresses
  4. on people's age
  5. information
  6. ownership
  7. lot about you
  8. of privacy

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The TV maker Vizio will pay $2.2 million because (1) ___________________ from 11 million people (2) ___________________ them. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the USA said Vizio gathered (3) ___________________ customers for years. Vizio began making televisions in (4) ___________________ what people were watching. They used software updates to track people (5) ___________________ before 2014. The FTC said: "Consumers (6) ___________________ …Vizio was watching them."

The FTC said Vizio captured (7) ___________________ and customers' IP addresses. This was (8) ___________________ privacy and security. The FTC said: "The data generated when you watch television (9) ___________________ about you." Vizio sold data on people's age, sex, household size and income, (10) ___________________, home ownership, and education, but (11) ___________________. A Vizio lawyer said: "TV makers should get people's consent before (12) ___________________ TV viewing information."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheTVmakerViziowillpay$2.2millionbecauseitcollecteddatafrom11
millionpeoplewithoutaskingthem.TheFederalTradeCommission(FTC
)intheUSAsaidViziogatheredandsolddataoncustomersforyears.Vizio
beganmakingtelevisionsin2014thattrackedwhatpeoplewerewatchin
g.TheyusedsoftwareupdatestotrackpeopleonTVsmadebefore2014.
TheFTCsaid:"Consumersdidn’tknowthat…Viziowaswatchingthem."T
heFTCsaidViziocapturedviewinginformationandcustomers'IPaddres
ses.Thiswasabreachofprivacyandsecurity.TheFTCsaid:"Thedatagen
eratedwhenyouwatchtelevisioncanrevealalotaboutyou."Viziosoldda
taonpeople'sage,sex,householdsizeandincome,maritalstatus,home
ownership,andeducation,butnottheirnames.AViziolawyersaid:"TV
makersshouldgetpeople'sconsentbeforecollectingandsharingTVvie
winginformation."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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