Vizio Smart TVs track your viewing habits, info is sold to third parties

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  1. ronjor

    ronjor Global Moderator

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    http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=19089
     
  2. Rasheed187

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    No surprise but totally unacceptable. I wonder if sales will drop now.
     
  3. driekus

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    I was pretty surprised by this one. I assumed all the Smart TV manufacturers were doing this.

    Given the target market for Vizio I dont see this having any impact on their sales.
     
  4. Krusty

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    No mention of Sony smart TVs but when I set mine up I was asked if I wanted to share usage data, which I declined. Samsung's voice recording feature would worry me more than the companies knowing what TV show I watched, not that I want that information available either.
     
  5. driekus

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    The problem that I have with the whole TV tracking is that it can open the door to other forms of deanonymization. Just take the netflix debacle (http://www.securityfocus.com/news/11497) where data was deanonymized.

    I have a Samsung Smart TV, however, the privacy concerns are irrelevant to me as I never connected it to a network.
     
  6. Palancar

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    I have several smart TV's in the house too. Even without a known connection to your router, could the wireless be activated from "nearby" and then its a listening tool? ---- Just tin foil hat stuff. I don't feel like that stuff happens, but sometimes my mind goes there. I have Satellite systems running and I am almost certain my viewing "habits" are collected and there is nothing I can do about it unless I want to give up the satellite, which I don't.
     
  7. Krusty

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    I believe they would need physical access to the TV to enable WIFI, but I could be proven wrong.
     
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    Today's tin foil hat stuff is tomorrow's "shocking" reveal.
     
  9. mirimir

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    Hey, they just want to get online to help you ;)
     
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