Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Feb 2017 22:47 UTC, submitted by kragil

What did Vizio know about what was going on in the privacy of consumers' homes? On a second-by-second basis, Vizio collected a selection of pixels on the screen that it matched to a database of TV, movie, and commercial content. What's more, Vizio identified viewing data from cable or broadband service providers, set-top boxes, streaming devices, DVD players, and over-the-air broadcasts. Add it all up and Vizio captured as many as 100 billion data points each day from millions of TVs.

Vizio then turned that mountain of data into cash by selling consumers' viewing histories to advertisers and others. And let’s be clear: We're not talking about summary information about national viewing trends. According to the complaint, Vizio got personal. The company provided consumers' IP addresses to data aggregators, who then matched the address with an individual consumer or household. Vizio's contracts with third parties prohibited the re-identification of consumers and households by name, but allowed a host of other personal details - for example, sex, age, income, marital status, household size, education, and home ownership. And Vizio permitted these companies to track and target its consumers across devices.

That's... That's a lot of very creepy spying.

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Same here, Only device connected to TV is IPTV box via HDMIl I also uyse the set-top box remote as the box does control the TV via HDMI-c and can turn it on and off. Sony claims that it would also send button presses from the remote but I have used the TV remote only for initial picture calibration and have put it away.

Regarding the updates. Sony provides them also as offline USB images, so download, put onto USB, attach it to TV ... and hope for the best. I haven't yet applied any updates, as the TV is stable and I don't plan to attatch it to network and also the possibility of bricking the TV via update is scary enough so I have postponed it so far.

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