The television Vizio has agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle that it collected from 11 million people without their . The lawsuit against the flat-panel TV maker was filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the USA. The FTC discovered that Vizio had been gathering and selling data on without for years. The FTC claimed Vizio began making televisions in 2014 that tracked what people were watching. They fitted tracking to TVs made before 2014 by using software . The FTC said: "Consumers didn’t know that while they were watching their TVs, Vizio was watching ."
The FTC said Vizio captured second-by-second about what people were watching. The company also recorded people's IP . The FTC said this was a of privacy and security. It said: "The data generated when you watch television can reveal a about you and your ." Vizio sold information to advertisers about people's age, , household size and income, marital status, home ownership, and education . However, the company did not share people's . Vizio lawyer Jerry Huang said: "Today, the FTC has made it that all smart-TV makers should get people's consent before collecting and sharing television information."