Mozilla has a gift guide that lets you know who’s selling the most creepiest gadgets
Unsurprisingly, voice assistant-equipped gadgets top the list.
Basically, Mozilla released a list of gadgets and rated them by their creepiness.
While the list is only a subsection of the overall market, all of the items analyzed are pretty popular gift options. Out of 70 gadgets, only 25 of them meet Mozilla’s minimum security standards.
The most secure gadgets included in the list is the Nintendo Switch, a Harry Potter Coding kit from Kano that mixes magic and technology while teaching kids to code, and an open-source smart speaker called the Mycroft Mark 1.
Other notable devices that did well in testing include Apple’s AirPods and the PlayStation 4. Both of these get some points taken off for having cryptic privacy policies as well as unexpected data sharing with third parties. The other popular console, the Xbox One, also loses points for the same data sharing.
Ashley Boyd, Mozilla’s VP of advocacy, explained to The Verge:
Sometimes consumers don’t recognize that their gifts are connected to the internet. Now they can make purchasing decisions based on privacy. It’s part of our work to start conversations about online privacy. One thing we’ve noticed is that for a lot of the products in the current guide, we couldn’t figure out whether they met the minimum security guidelines because the information wasn’t available on companies’ websites.
Obviously, Amazon and Google’s devices are totes in the creep zone
Unsurprisingly, gadgets from Amazon and Google are on the other side of the privacy spectrum. Both the Amazon Echo and Google Home listen in on your conversations at all times, although as they’re smart speakers, I’m not sure what else they’re supposed to do.
The report from Mozilla also includes user feedback on whether they find a device “super creepy” or “not creepy.” The results of this might not be accurate, as Mozilla told The Verge that it doesn’t verify if people own the devices before voting.
And the creepiest gadget goes to…
Mozilla says that some companies reached out after last year’s report, and in some cases, they’ve adjusted their privacy policies and upgraded security as a result.
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