LG has admitted it continued collecting data on viewing habits even after users had activated a privacy setting designed to prevent it. The television maker has apologised to its customers and told the BBC it would issue an update to correct the problem. UK-based IT consultant Jason Huntley, who raised the issue in a blog, welcomed the “positive step”. Viewing information helps manufacturers deliver relevant advertising and programme recommendations. “I hope that their future products will reflect this decision and keep customers clearly informed as to their data collection practices before they take place,” he said. LG launched an investigation in the wake of his blog, which was reported widely in the media. “We have verified that even when this function is turned off by the viewers, it continues to transmit viewing information, although the data is not retained by the server,” LG said in a statement.