Vizio's Smart TVs Watch What You Watch

Julia Angwin, ProPublica via Ars Technica:

Vizio recently updated its privacy policy to say it has begun providing data about customers’ viewing habits to companies that “may combine this information with other information about devices associated with that IP address.” The company does not promise to encrypt IP addresses before sharing them.

Cable TV companies and video rental companies are prohibited by law from selling information about the viewing habits of their customers. However, Vizio says that those laws—the Video Privacy Protection Act and cable subscriber protections—don’t apply to its business.

It's always refreshing to see a company be so blatantly honest when they tell you that they don't respect you as a customer, and that you should never, ever buy their products again. This is the type of move that makes me trust Vizio wholeheartedly, and I'll be sure follow their implicit recommendation to purchase a new television from another company.