Mozilla wants to help you shop for privacy this Christmas

Most people should know by now that Mozilla is particularly concerned with privacy, so it should come as no surprise that the company’s latest initiative is to curate a list of items you’re likely to buy at Christmas and inform you of how well they keep your privacy intact. The browser maker’s new scheme is called *Privacy Not Included and lists “dozens of popular toys, game consoles, exercise gadgets, and smart home accessories”.

Each product page is split into five sections, first Mozilla gives a description of the product, then it looks at whether the camera or microphone can spy on you as well as whether the device tracks your location. It then explains what the product knows about you and explains whether an account is necessary, whether you’ve got access to privacy controls, whether you can delete your data, and whether your data is shared with a third party. There’s a section for the ramifications for your data if anything goes wrong, and lastly there’s links to the product maker’s privacy policy.

Mark Surman, Mozilla’s Executive Director, earlier in the year, said:

“Right now, the Internet of Things is at an inflection point. It’s pervasive, but also still in its infancy. Rules have yet to be written, and social mores yet to be established. There are many possible futures - some darker than others.”

The reviews are guided by the Digital Standard in order to comprehensively review products’ privacy and security features.

Source: Mozilla | Image via ASHASphere

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