Common Core State Standard L.CCS.1/2/3/4 Grades 6-12: Video of a current news event is presented for discussion to encourage student participation, but also inspire the use of evidence to support logical claims using the main ideas of the video. Students must analyze background information provided about a current event, draw out the main ideas and key details, and review different opinions on the issue. Then, students should present their own claims using facts and analysis for support.
Vizio's Smart TVs spied on their owners
If you owned a Vizio Smart TV any time after February 2014, it might have been spying on you. A complaint filed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said the smart TVs used software that spied on owners' viewing habits without their permission. Vizio then sold that data to third parties. Vizio has agreed pay the FTC $1.5 million and delete all data collected before March 2016.
■Class discussion: Are you surprised that your television could be used collect and sell information about you? Why or why not? What companies gather and sell data about you? How widespread is the practice? Is there anywhere you go, anything you buy or anything you do online that isn’t tracked by some computer program, camera or electronic device? How could that information be used to control your decisions? Where does the term “Big Brother” come from?