Class Action Claims Smart TVs Invade Customers' Privacy

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Plaintiffs, represented by Walid J. Tamari and Catherine M. Towne of Tamari Law Group, LLC, Robert Pavich, Ian Levin and John Pavich of Pavich Law Group, P.C., and David Cialkowski and Brian Gudmundson of Zimmerman Reed, PLLP filed an Indiana class action lawsuit against Vizio, Inc. for allegedly violating its customers' privacy.

As the complaint states, we are seeking here to stop and remedy the violation of the customers' privacy

Owners of Smart TVs, represented by Tamari Law Group, LLC, Pavich Law Group, P.C., and Zimmerman Reed, PLLP, filed a class action lawsuit against Vizio, Inc., in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. The class action alleges that Vizio loaded content-recognition software on its customers' Smart TVs. The complaint asserts that the software records the viewers' habits and Vizio then sells that information to advertisers. The class action also alleges that the tracking software collects information about other personal devices connected to the same home network, such as smart phones and tablets.

According to the complaint, advertisers purchasing this personal data can then tailor advertisements to display on specific individuals’ TVs and other devices that share a network with the TV.

“The complaint describes how the practice of monitoring and sharing viewing habits without obtaining the customer’s consent violates state consumer protection and data privacy statutes,” said plaintiff’s attorney, John Pavich, of Indiana-based firm Pavich Law Group, LLC. “As the complaint states, we are seeking here to stop and remedy the violation of the customers' privacy,” added plaintiff’s attorney, Walid J. Tamari, of Chicago-based civil litigation firm Tamari Law Group, LLC.

The case is Stanley W. Pagorek v. Vizio, Inc., et al. case number 15-cv-00472.

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