The Reading / Listening - Television - Level 5

The TV maker Vizio will pay $2.2 million to settle claims that it collected data from 11 million people without asking them. The lawsuit against Vizio was filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the USA. The FTC said Vizio gathered and sold data on customers without their permission for years. Vizio began making televisions in 2014 that tracked what people were watching. They used software updates to fit tracking devices to TVs made before 2014. The FTC said: "Consumers didn’t know that while they were watching their TVs, Vizio was watching them."



The FTC said Vizio captured information non-stop about what people were watching and their 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 and your household." Vizio sold information about people's age, sex, household size and income, marital status, home ownership, and education, but not people's names. Vizio lawyer Jerry Huang said: "Today, the FTC has made it clear that all smart-TV makers should get people's consent before collecting and sharing television viewing information."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Television - Level 4 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. pay $2.2 million to settle
  2. it collected data from 11 million people
  3. The lawsuit against Vizio was filed
  4. sold data on customers without
  5. Vizio began making
  6. tracked what
  7. software
  8. fit tracking
  1. by the FTC
  2. updates
  3. their permission
  4. televisions in 2014
  5. devices to TVs
  6. claims
  7. people were watching
  8. without asking them

Paragraph 2

  1. Vizio captured
  2. IP
  3. This was a breach
  4. reveal a
  5. marital
  6. home
  7. the FTC has made it
  8. get people's
  1. lot about you
  2. ownership
  3. consent
  4. addresses
  5. clear
  6. information
  7. status
  8. of privacy

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The TV maker Vizio will pay $2.2 million (1) ___________________ that it collected data from 11 million people (2) ___________________ them. The lawsuit against Vizio was filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the USA. The FTC said Vizio gathered (3) ___________________ customers without their (4) ___________________. Vizio began making televisions in 2014 that tracked what people were watching. They used software updates (5) ___________________ devices to TVs made before 2014. The FTC said: "Consumers didn’t know that while (6) ___________________ TVs, Vizio was watching them."

The FTC said Vizio captured information (7) ___________________ what people were watching and their IP addresses. This (8) ___________________ privacy and security. The FTC said: "The data generated when you watch television can (9) ___________________ about you and your household." Vizio sold information about people's age, sex, household (10) ___________________, marital status, home ownership, and education, but not people's names. Vizio lawyer Jerry Huang said: "Today, the FTC has (11) ___________________ all smart-TV makers should get people's (12) ___________________ collecting and sharing television viewing information."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheTVmakerViziowillpay$2.2milliontosettleclaimsthatitcollecteddat
afrom11millionpeoplewithoutaskingthem.ThelawsuitagainstViziow
asfiledbytheFederalTradeCommission(FTC)intheUSA.TheFTCsaidVi
ziogatheredandsolddataoncustomerswithouttheirpermissionforyea
rs.Viziobeganmakingtelevisionsin2014thattrackedwhatpeoplewere
watching.TheyusedsoftwareupdatestofittrackingdevicestoTVsmade
before2014.TheFTCsaid:"Consumersdidn’tknowthatwhiletheywere
watchingtheirTVs,Viziowaswatchingthem."TheFTCsaidViziocapture
dinformationnon-stopaboutwhatpeoplewerewatchingandtheirIPad
dresses.Thiswasabreachofprivacyandsecurity.TheFTCsaid:"Thedat
ageneratedwhenyouwatchtelevisioncanrevealalotaboutyouandyou
rhousehold."Viziosoldinformationaboutpeople'sage,sex,households
izeandincome,maritalstatus,homeownership,andeducation,butnot
people'snames.ViziolawyerJerryHuangsaid:"Today,theFTChasmad
eitclearthatallsmart-TVmakersshouldgetpeople'sconsentbeforecoll
ectingandsharingtelevisionviewinginformation."

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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Free writing

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Answers

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