The company previously admitted to collecting viewing information without the consumer’s knowledge. LG said Smart TVs were collecting data for the purpose of customizing the advertising consumers would see on their television screens. LG apologized, promising to update the TVs to allow viewers to disable the data-collection feature.
To use certain Smart TV features, viewers have to create an LG SmartWorld account, which may be subject to additional terms. They may have to provide such information as name, address, telephone number; date of birth, email address, and possibly credit card information or PayPal details, the company says. Under the agreement, LG can access Internet search data, which may be shared with third parties, The Consumerist reports.