Vizio TV Settlement: People who own a Vizio TV that’s connected to the internet may be capable to get money in a class action settlement. Vizio settled a $17 million lawsuit that alleged the company was spying on smart TV owners by collecting and selling data on what they were watching without the TV owners’ consent. The lawsuit centers on data supposedly settled on as many as 16 million TVs between February 2014 and February 2017.
The company maintains it did nothing wrong. VIZIO denies these allegations. The court has not determined who is right, a law firm declaration said. If you have a Vizio smart TV in your house, you may see a message about the settlement on your screen. In 2017, the FTC separately fined Vizio $2.2 million and the company agreed to delete data and change how it collects future data on sets.
If you own a Vizio smart TV, has your display been recently invaded by this untimely message that states that you “could get money from a class action settlement?” Yep, it may look suspicious and scam-like, but it is entirely legitimate. Better move fast if you want a piece of that settlement cash.
Ironically, Vizio is informing its customers that it has settled a case that accuses the company of spying on them without authorization by displaying a message on the TVs without permission.
Is your TV watching you back?
See, in 2015, Vizio was challenged by the Federal Trade Commission of keeping tabs of what users watched without their permission and tracked them for years. The group allegedly turned these tracking features on by default and made them difficult to turn off.
Aside from content, this data reportedly collected demographic info from each household, such as viewers’ ages, income, and marital status, and mixed it with their viewing habits to inform targeted ads.
Lawsuits and fines galore
So in 2016, customers filed a class-action lawsuit against Vizio, and subsequently, the company was fined by the FTC to the tune of $2.2 million in 2017. Although Vizio denied (and is still denying) those allegations, as part of its 2017 FTC arrangement, Vizio agreed to ask for user permission first before turning on its smart TV tracking features.
Additionally, most of the data that Vizio collected before March 1, 2016, must be deleted by the company. Now, that’s just the FTC part of the settlement. In 2018, Vizio finally settled the customer class-action lawsuit for $17 million, and this is where the current settlement cash is coming from.
Is $31 enough for your privacy?
As usual, a part of the payout will go to the law firms, and the rest will be distributed among the estimated 16 million customers who used their Vizio smart TVs between February 1, 2014, and February 6, 2017. The expected price for this violation of your privacy? Around $13 to $31 per television.
How to claim your Vizio money
To get your share of the settlement cash, visit the website VizioTVsettlement.com and file your claim before April 29, 2019. Your Vizio TV should’ve been connected to the internet between February 1, 2014, and February 6, 2017. Only one customer per smart TV is qualified for each household, but you can file a claim for each that you own.
To file a claim, the online form requires your name, address, mobile phone number (for digital payments), and email address. It will also require your TV’s date of purchase and TV model. If you have any questions about this settlement or if you’re interested in it, you can also contact Vizio’s Settlement Administrator at 877-252-4685.
Am I eligible? If you own a Vizio smart TV in your home that was connected to the internet between February 1, 2014, and February 6, 2017, you could be eligible for a payment in the settlement. If you have questions on your acceptability, you can check the settlement website or call 877-252-4685.
What will I get? You may earn between $13 and $31, depending on the number of claims filed.
How long do I have? The deadline is April 29, 2019.
What if I’m not interested? You can overlook the settlement, exclude yourself, object, or even attend a hearing. Details are on the settlement website.
And it’s not just Vizio who can be following you
As shown by Vizio’s recent case, although owning a smart TV is one of the most convenient perks of our modern digital world, are we paying the price for this connectivity?
Practically ALL Smart TVs can track your viewing habits and snoop on you. Some can even monitor what you’re seeing on the screen pixel by pixel! If you’re concerned about your smart TV’s snooping abilities, turn them off.
Vizio TV Settlement Checks Are Here! The claim by 5/23!
If you filed a claim in the Vizio Class Action back in February 2019, then be sure to read this! This settlement alleged that VIZIO violated privacy laws and consumer-protection laws. You have two weeks to claim your money, so don’t miss it!
Payments are being sent for Vizio TV Settlement
They are sending out payments now. If you opted for the digital price, then check your email! Don’t miss this! Because you can select what payment option you’d like. But you have to choose to get it.
I received two emails today. According to the email (looks like the picture above), you have until May 23, 2020, to accept your payment. So, don’t delay. Check your email!