Vizio Reaches Settlement in Class Action Case for Smart TV Spying
Nearly three years after a ProPublica report exposed Vizio for collecting user viewing behavior without explicit consent to do so, the company announced it has reached a settlement in a related class action lawsuit. Lawyers representing Vizio Smart TV owners have asked a federal judge in Orange County, California, to approve a proposed settlement of $17 million.
Though the total sounds like a major payout for those smart TV owners, the number, according to an Ars Technica report, gets diluted down to roughly $20 per person for the class of roughly 16 million people—who must opt-in in order to get any money. Each of the affected individuals will receive somewhere between $13 and $31 each, while their lawyers will collectively earn a payout worth upwards of $5.6 million in fees.
As part of the settlement, Vizio also said that it would delete all of the data that it had collected, and the company will provide notice of the lawsuit through direct notifications on Vizio Smart TVs and direct paper mailings.