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Your TV is Watching You!

Is your TV watching you? tv-watching-you

Vizio, one of the world’s biggest makers of Smart TVs, is paying $2.2 million to settle charges that it collected viewing habits from 11 million devices without the knowledge or consent of the people watching them.

According to a complaint filed Monday by the US Federal Trade Commission, Internet-connected TVs from Vizio contained ACR—short for automated content recognition—software. Without asking for permission, the ACR code captured second-by-second information about the video the TVs displayed. The software collected other personal information and transmitted it, along with the viewing data, to servers controlled by the manufacturer. Vizio then sold the data to unnamed third-parties for purposes of audience measurement, analysis, and tracking.


Google Wants to Track what you watch on tv

Google recently filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) stating that there is too much privacy afforded television watchers, and they want to be able to collect more information about users (it is assumed they want your information so they can advertise to you).tv is watching you spying

However, many people do not want to give up their privacy, including us here at
“It’s outrageous that as Google expands the data it collects for targeting video advertising, it opposes having the FCC ensure through stronger rules that set-top boxes … can actually protect consumer privacy,” says Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy. In a statement, Chester argues Google’s comment here “is nothing short of a new digital data power grab by the country’s leading digital marketing company.”
If you’ve ever wondered whether people (the government or the cable company) know what you watch late at night on cable tv, then the answer is typically “they don’t know”. But Google wants to know what you watch. And you should be bothered by this like we are. Privacy rights in America are slowly being eroded away by technology and laxed rules and regulations for big corporations. At some point we have to continue to draw a line in the sand and say “no” to the invasion of our personal privacy at home.