An electronics company whose television sets are in millions of homes lost a round in its battle against allegations that its TVs spy on consumers.
A federal judge ruled against Vizio in the case, according to The Hollywood Reporter, ruling that consumers can pursue allegations of illegal wiretapping against the company.
“For the second time this year, Vizio has failed in a bid to undercut a proposed class action lawsuit targeting the way its Internet-connected Smart TVs collect and disseminate information about viewers,” THR reports. “In fact, thanks to a decision from a California federal judge Tuesday, the legal action seems to be growing in magnitude.”
The report adds: “Vizio has acknowledged that until recently, its Smart TVs automatically collected information. In February, the company came to a $2.2 million settlement with the FTC to resolve an investigation into this. Vizio pledged it would henceforth obtain affirmative express consent when it wishes to collect and share data about the habits of its customer base.”
Vizio has asserted all along that the data it has collected is not paired with personally identifiable information, THR notes.