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Irvine-based, most popular TV maker in the US settles suit for spying on customers

A Vizio TV box is displayed at a Best Buy store  in Fairfax, Virginia on November 26, 2015, on a Black Friday sale that started a day earlier during Thanksgiving evening.  The  US holiday shopping season kicks off with "Black Friday" -- the day after the Thanksgiving holiday -- with a frenzy expected at stores around the country as retailers slash prices.     AFP PHOTO/PAUL J. RICHARDS / AFP / PAUL J. RICHARDS        (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
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A Vizio TV box is displayed at a Best Buy store in Fairfax, Virginia on November 26, 2015, on a Black Friday sale that started a day earlier during Thanksgiving evening.

Vizio is settling a this week with the Federal Trade Commission and the New Jersey attorney general’s office, over a privacy suit.

Vizio is settling a  this week with the Federal Trade Commission and the New Jersey attorney general’s office, over a privacy suit.

The FCC said that the Irvine-based television manufacturer Vizio, spied on its customers with 11 million TV sets. Vizio was accused of collecting and selling customer information, which has become a rising concern with smart home devices, according to a recent Los Angeles Times article.

So what does this suit mean for the future of these in-home smart products? Larry speaks to Devindra Hardawar of Engadget to find out more.

Guest:

Devindra Hardawar, senior editor at Engadget

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