Mozilla sees data protection deficiencies in many smart devices

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In an annual study, Mozilla examined consumer privacy for the fifth time – and created a “shopping guide for the holidays” from it. According to this, 46 out of 151 devices from categories such as “intelligent home”, “toys & games” and “wearables” were inadequate when it came to protecting user privacy. On the other hand, 22 products were labeled “Best Of” because they met the conditions particularly well.

Mozilla’s exemplary products include the “Homepod Mini” from Apple and the vacuum cleaner robots from the “Roomba” series from iRobot. Garmin’s fitness watches also protect users’ personal data.

Least meeting Mozilla’s minimum security standards among others the loudspeaker “Amazon Echo Dot”, e-book-reader from Onyx and the treadmill “Treadmill” from Nordictrack. Alexa and Amazon also kept numerous records of interactions. For example, according to Mozilla, Amazon can continue to do so after being asked not to collect any personal data about children in the household. The Alexa skills, with which commands can be given to Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa, are also problematic in terms of monitoring and data protection.

Intelligent fitness system companies such as Peloton, NordicTrack and Tonal collect and sell large amounts of data, according to Mozilla. The NordicTrack treadmill is particularly questionable, as the company sells data for advertising purposes, among other things, and has the option of contacting customers via SMS or phone call.

Data protection guidelines are also a problem. The manufacturer Amazfit, who is known for smart watches, makes it difficult to find them at all. Onyx Boox, on the other hand, don’t even have any. According to the results of the study, only a few manufacturers published safety tips and data protection information for the use of their products.

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The lead researcher behind the Mozilla Advisory, Jen Caltrider, said: “We have found that too much responsibility for protecting their privacy remains on the shoulders of consumers. They have to read complicated documents scattered across websites to even begin to understand how and where your data is being used. “


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