Charles Austin

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced an agreement settling claims against a television manufacturer arising from the alleged unauthorized collection of television viewing data.  The FTC, along with the State of New Jersey, alleged that certain “smart TVs” manufactured and sold by VIZIO, Inc. and its subsidiary VIZIO Inscape Services (collectively, “VIZIO”) failed to adequately inform consumers that viewing data—which VIZIO later sold to or otherwise shared with third parties—would be collected and disclosed.  In settling the charges, VIZIO agreed to pay $2.2 million, cease unauthorized data tracking and collection, and update its collection and disclosure notices.  For more on VIZIO’s practices, the allegations, and important lessons from the settlement, see the recent blog entry by Lauren Aronson of our Advertising and Product Risk Management team.