The TV Vizio will pay $2.2 million to settle that it collected from 11 million people without asking them. The against Vizio was filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the USA. The FTC said Vizio gathered and sold data on without their for years. Vizio began making televisions in 2014 that tracked what were watching. They used software updates to fit tracking to TVs made before 2014. The FTC said: "Consumers didn’t know that they were watching their TVs, Vizio was watching ."
The FTC said Vizio captured non-stop about what people were watching and their IP . This was a breach of privacy and . The FTC said: "The data generated when you watch television can reveal a about you and your ." Vizio sold information about people's age, , household size and income, marital status, home , and education, but not people's names. Vizio lawyer Jerry Huang said: "Today, the FTC has made it that all smart-TV makers should get people's before collecting and sharing television information."