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The company has been secretly collecting user data.

Vizio, a company recent brought over by LeEco, will have to play $2.2 million as settlement for lawsuit where it was proven that the company has been collecting user data and selling it to third parties.

The FTC in the US has published a blog post on the issue, citing that Vizio was tracking the viewing habits of its customers. It in the US, Vizio has more than 11 million internet-connected televisions.

“Starting in 2014, Vizio made TVs that automatically tracked what consumers were watching and transmitted that data back to its servers. Vizio even retrofitted older models by installing its tracking software remotely. All of this, the FTC and AG allege, was done without clearly telling consumers or getting their consent,” the FTC said in a statement.

When Vizio was proven guilty it agreed that it will “stop unauthorized tracking, to prominently disclose its TV viewing collection practices, and to get consumers’ express consent before collecting and sharing viewing information.”

Vizio hasn’t released a statement on the matter, but it does put in perspective that even smart appliances are being used for bad practices.

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