The television maker Vizio has agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle claims that it collected data 11 million people their consent. The lawsuit the flat-panel TV maker was filed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) the USA. The FTC discovered that Vizio had been gathering and selling data customers permission years. The FTC claimed Vizio began making televisions 2014 that automatically tracked what people were watching. They fitted tracking devices to TVs made before 2014 using software updates. The FTC said: "Consumers didn’t know that while they were watching their TVs, Vizio was watching them."
The FTC said Vizio captured second--second information what people were watching. The company also recorded people's IP addresses. The FTC said this was a breach privacy and security. It said: "The data generated when you watch television can reveal a lot you and your household." Vizio sold information to advertisers people's age, sex, household size and income, marital status, home ownership, and education level. However, the company did not share 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 collecting and sharing television viewing information."