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FTC's Smart-TV Privacy Settlement Unlikely To See An Encore

Law360, New York (February 7, 2017, 11:42 PM EST) -- In coming down on smart-TV maker Vizio for tracking users' viewing habits without their consent, the Federal Trade Commission adopted broader definitions of "sensitive" information and consumer harm. But experts say not to expect a trend there, given the acting chairwoman's reservations about the settlement.

A stipulated order filed in New Jersey federal court Monday revealed that Vizio Inc. agreed to a $2.2 million settlement with the FTC and the New Jersey Attorney General's Office over its practice of secretly gathering user data — including which programs viewers watched and how long they watched them — and selling it to third parties...

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