Vizio, Inc., a California-based company best known for its internet-connected televisions, agreed to a $17 million settlement that, if approved, will resolve multiple proposed consumer class actions consolidated in California federal court. The suits’ claims, which are limited to the period between February 1, 2014 and February 6, 2017, involve data-tracking software Vizio installed on its smart TVs.
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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology recently announced that it is seeking public comment on Draft NISTIR 8228, Considerations for Managing Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity and Privacy Risks. The document is to be the first in a planned series of publications that will examine specific aspects of the IoT topic.
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On July 12, 2018, two U.S. Senators sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission asking it to investigate the privacy policies and practices of smart TV manufacturers. The Senators cite the history of unique privacy concerns raised by companies tracking information about the content viewers watch on TV.
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On January 8, 2018, the FTC announced an agreement with electronic toy manufacturer, VTech Electronics, settling charges that VTech violated COPPA by collecting personal information from hundreds of thousands of children without providing direct notice or obtaining their parent’s consent, and failing to take reasonable steps to secure the data it collected.
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