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Uh-Oh! Your Fancy, New Smart TV Is A Lot Smarter Than You Think It Is

Vizio, a top television maker, automatically tracks the viewing habits of Smart TV owners and shares that information with advertisers in a way that could connect those preferences to what those customers do on their phones or other mobile devices.

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When you watch your Smart TV, it could also be watching you.

A new report from Julia Angwin at ProPublica reveals that Vizio, a top television maker, automatically tracks the viewing habits of Smart TV owners and shares that information with advertisers in a way that could connect those preferences to what those customers do on their phones or other mobile devices.

Vizio’s “Smart Interactivity Program” is turned on by default for its 10 million Smart TV customers, ProPublica reported, and works like this: The company analyzes snippets of what you watch, be it on Netflix or traditional television, and connects patterns in your viewing behavior with your Internet Protocol address — an online identifier that can be used to pinpoint every device connected from your home. That includes everything from your laptop and phone to your smart thermostat. That information is then shared with Vizio’s partners, who in turn could use that data to help to target advertisements.

In an e-mailed response to a Washington Post inquiry, a Vizio spokesperson said the company’s data mining programs are part of a “revolutionary shift across all screens that brings measurability, relevancy and personalization to the consumer like never before.” Vizio said it shares “aggregate, anonymized data” with media and data companies so they can “make better-informed decisions” about content and advertising strategies.

The spokesperson did not dispute the underlying facts in ProPublica’s report, but said the company believes the article “reflects a filtered opinion of our recently updated VIZIO Privacy Policy.”

The company’s privacy policy says it will share viewing data “together with the IP address associated with the corresponding VIZIO television” with third-party partners. “These third parties may combine this information with other information about devices associated with that IP address, in order to customize the advertisements displayed on those other devices,” it says. The company “imposes strict conditions of confidentiality” when sharing IP addresses with third parties, according to the policy. Customers can opt-out of the program from their television’s settings menu.

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There are laws that limit how companies share information about video watching habits, including the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA). However, Vizio says that those laws do not apply to its tracking service because the company associates IP addresses with the data rather than a person’s name or other “personally identifiable information.”

It’s true that some U.S. courts have held that IP addresses do not constitute personally identifiable information. However, privacy regulators in the European Union disagree. And IP addresses are increasingly used by data brokers to paint detailed portraits of who people are.

Vizio isn’t the first television maker to face scrutiny over the privacy of Smart TV technology. Earlier this year, Samsung appeared in a flurry of headlines about eavesdropping televisions and changed its privacy policy over a section that seemed to imply it was constantly listening in and sending data off to a third party. (The third party, Samsung clarified, was a voice recognition company whose services helped make the television’s voice audio features work.)

Samsung and fellow Vizio rival LG Electronics have similar programs that track Smart TV customers’ viewing habits, but only if customers turn on the feature, according to ProPublica. source

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France Invokes Never-Used Mutual Defense Clause Article 42.7 To Demand War On ISIS

For the first time in history, France has invoked Article 42.7 of the Lisbon Treaty to demand that all EU member nations support and join them in fighting ISIS in the wake of last Friday’s deadly Islamic terror attack in Paris.

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What is article 42.7 of the Lisbon Treaty?

For the first time in history, France has invoked Article 42.7 of the Lisbon Treaty to demand that all EU member nations support and join them in fighting ISIS in the wake of last Friday’s deadly Islamic terror attack in Paris.

Article 42.7 is the solidarity clause that states that if a member of the European Union is the victim of “armed aggression on its territory” other states have an “obligation of aid and assistance by all the means in their power.”

This article was first invoked at the request of the French government following multiple terrorist attacks on Paris. EU countries voted unanimously in favor.

The Lisbon Treaty also includes a “solidarity clause,” Article 222 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). This article mentions the European Union specifically whereas Article 42.7 just mentions member states. By choosing to invoke Article 42.7, France has chosen a more inter-governmental approach.

Article 42.7 is similar to NATO’s Article 5, which states that an attack against any member of NATO is considered to be an attack on all members. This was first invoked after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

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If Present Trends Continue, Donald J. Trump Will Be The GOP Nominee For President

Here we are, many months into the race for nomination, and Donald J. Trump remains the far-and-away Republican favorite. Trump is ahead of Ben Carson by nearly 10 points, with Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio after that, and John Kasich and Carly Fiorina tied for last place. Is America ready for President Trump?

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Donald Trump has nearly a double-digit lead over Ben Carson in the race for the GOP’s presidential nomination, a new poll says.

Here we are, many months into the race for nomination, and Donald J. Trump remains the far-and-away Republican favorite. Trump is ahead of Ben Carson by nearly 10 points, with Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio after that, and John Kasich and Carly Fiorina tied for last place. Is America ready for President Trump?

Speaking in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Donald Trump steamroller continued unabated. The lady at the beginning of this video is the 92 year old woman who registered to vote for the first time in order to cast her ballot for Trump. Her name is Beada Corum. As you listen to her talk, and see how excited she is, you come to understand how deep the well of anti-liberal sentiment is that Trump has tapped into.

Donald Trump is winning not because he is a good politician, and not because he panders to the Christian Right. Not at all, Trump is winning because he is speaking the words that the majority of Americans have been saying for nearly 7 years now. He has the audacity the talk about unfettered illegal immigration, something that heretofore was the 800lb elephant in the room, and forced all candidates from both parties to talk about it as well. He speaks in glowing terms of the massive wall he will build to keep illegals out, but the American people will be thrilled if the wall that we already started finally gets finished. We need a president who loves America, and will do what’s necessary to make us great again.

With every ISIS bomb that goes off, anywhere around the world between now and November, Trump’s poll numbers will rise. Every time that Obama gives a speech on Islamic terrorism and refuses to use the term Islamic terrorism, Trump’s poll numbers rise. When Obama’s phony Iranian Nuclear Deal gets finalized, Trump’s poll numbers will rise. For every day that the 5 American prisoners remain in an Iranian prison, Trump’s poll numbers rise.

Donald Trump is not a politician, nor does he desire to be one. America doesn’t need another career politician. America needs someone who will repeal Obamacare, stop illegal immigration, stop importing fake Syrian refugees who are really terrorists, build up our military, keep us safe, continue supporting Israel, and rebuild the economy. It’s not complicated.

Is America ready for a President Trump? Yep. Long overdue.

 

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Mattel Casts Gay-Friendly Little Boy In New Moschino Barbie Doll Commercial

“Moschino Barbie is so fierce!” the boy screams as he and two female friends laud the doll, done up in designer Jeremy Scott’s sleek glamour.

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The new Moschino Barbie is a huge hit and its commercial is breaking boundaries by featuring a young boy

“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:” Romans 1:26 (KJV)

The queering of American society has now descended to the level of mentally conditioning children to accept everything from blurred gender lines to no gender lines. Mattel, makers of the iconic Barbie Doll, have cast a lisping, preening, homosexual-in-training little boy in their latest commercial. And just in time to start your Christmas shopping!

“Moschino Barbie is so fierce!” the boy screams as he and two female friends laud the doll, done up in designer Jeremy Scott’s sleek glamour. Barbie’s cellphone goes off and the little boy says, “It’s for you, Moschino Barbie,” before winking at the camera. Watch the ad below, and see for yourself:

You will notice that, in the commercial, Mattel was not content with merely casting a boy in a girl’s Barbie doll commercial. No, they cast a little boy in a girl’s Barbie doll commercial and made him lisp and preen like a homosexual fashion queen. Mattel is not selling you a doll, they are selling your children the LGBT agenda, that’s what this commercial exists to do.

Little boys all across America will see this commercial, and then copy it’s mannerisms. That’s what kids do with television.

If this world lasts for another 20 years, the next generation is going to be a freak show of transexual, asexual, multi-sexual lost and confused human beings that will have more in common with Sodom and Gomorrah than they will with the America you and I were raised in.

Every world empire that has ever existed in the annals of world history came to their crashing end when, as a nation, they embraced a culture of open sodomy. The Greeks, the Romans, all of them came to a bitter end. America will fare no better.

As the commercial says, “Moschino Barbie is fierce”, but not nearly as fierce as the spirit of wickedness and depravity that’s behind her.

 

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