Vizio playing big brother
TV manufacturer VIZIO has released 10 million TV sets with spyware on it. The software monitors your viewing behavior and sends this data back to VIZIO HQ. It also scans your local network. VIZIO will share this data with "select partners". The company did not tell me who their partners are.
On October 22, 2015 the company registered an initial public offering with the SEC. In the mission statement it reads
VIZIO's mission is to deliver the ultimate entertainment experience through our community of connected consumers, advertisers and media content providers. VIZIO form-s-1And how is VIZIO going to this, well:
creating a community of over 10 million VIZIO connected units, or VCUs. A VCU is a Smart TV that has been connected to the Internet and has transmitted data collected by our Inscape data services. Our Inscape data services capture real-time viewing behavior data from our VCUs and enable us to provide it to advertisers and media content providers.VIZIO form-s-1
Samsung and LG
Samsung and LG also track users' viewing habits if customers choose to turn this feature on. It is, unlike on VIZIO devices, disabled by default. In the FAQ document VIZIO states
Disable Smart Interactivity
Tracking and monitoring is enabled by default. You can disable it by following these opt-out steps:
- Press the MENU button on your TV's remote.
- Select Settings.
- Highlight Smart Interactivity.
- Press RIGHT arrow to change setting to Off.