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Client Alert: Vizio Pays $2.2 Million Fine to Settle Smart TV Spying Charges

Vizio, one of the largest Smart TV companies, recently agreed to pay a $2.2 million fine and be subject to a permanent injunction to settle charges by Federal Trade Commission and the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General that Vizio tracked consumer television viewing on 11 million internet-connect TVs without consent in violation of consumer protection laws.  This is the first case where the FTC’s interpretation of “sensitive information” has been expanded to include consumer’s television viewing data.