Zoom Calls Aren't as Private as You May Think. Here's What You Should Know.

Zoom Calls Aren't as Private as You May Think. Here's What You Should Know.

"Zoom should update their terms to ensure that data collected during meetings from any participant or host is explicitly excluded from any advertising or marketing use, and that they don't view and tag video footage to train AI for facial or object recognition," says Justin Brookman, director of privacy and technology policy at Consumer Reports.

Grindr and OKCupid Sell Your Data, but Twitter’s MoPub Is the Real Problem

Grindr and OKCupid Sell Your Data, but Twitter’s MoPub Is the Real Problem

On January 15, a Norweigian Consumer Council (NCC) investigative report exposed the ways that Grindr, OKCupid, and eight other apps are collecting and sharing extremely sensitive personal data.A third-party advertising company called MoPub, owned by Twitter, was responsible for much of the technology that Grindr used to collect and share data.

Trying to get pregnant? Period tracker apps come with privacy concerns

Trying to get pregnant? Period tracker apps come with privacy concerns

That’s the issue raised by a new review of five popular period tracker apps by Consumer Reports' Digital Lab, which tests apps to see how well they protect consumers’ privacy and data.

Consumer Reports warns IoT camera makers to improve their security

Consumer Reports warns IoT camera makers to improve their security

Consumer Reports has sent a letter to 25 manufacturers of IoT cameras with a call to improve their security.Consumer Reports warns the IoT camera manufacturers that its ratings will reflect whether it believes adequate steps have been taken to ensure the security and privacy of users is protected.

How to Turn Off Smart TV Snooping Features

How to Turn Off Smart TV Snooping Features

The technology was in the news in 2017 when Vizio got in trouble with federal and state regulators for collecting such data without users’ knowledge or consent.Here, Consumer Reports shows you how to turn off data collection for the following TVs: Amazon Fire TV Edition, LG, Roku, Samsung, Sony, and Vizio.

FAA proposes nationwide real-time tracking system for all drones

FAA proposes nationwide real-time tracking system for all drones

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is looking to launch a nationwide system to track drones in the sky in real-time, as well as connected pilot IDs. The proposed tracking network, unveiled in a draft document released by the FAA this week, would cover everything from small consumer drones to larger unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operated for commercial purposes, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

It's privacy vs innovation as Google collects data on 50M medical patients

It's privacy vs innovation as Google collects data on 50M medical patients

The companies say it will improve patient care and administration, but the strategy has also sparked concern among certain consumer advocates, cybersecurity experts and reportedly some Ascension employees — especially because neither patients nor doctors had been previously been notified of this data-sharing arrangement.

Google to offer checking accounts in partnership with banks starting next year

Google to offer checking accounts in partnership with banks starting next year

Google is the latest big tech company to make a move into banking and personal financial services: The company is gearing up to offer checking accounts to consumers, as first reported by The Wall Street Journal, starting as early as next year.

Equifax to Pay $575 Million as Part of Settlement with FTC, CFPB, and States Related to 2017 Data Breach

Equifax to Pay $575 Million as Part of Settlement with FTC, CFPB, and States Related to 2017 Data Breach

Equifax Inc. has agreed to pay at least $575 million, and potentially up to $700 million, as part of a global settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and 50 U.S. states and territories, which alleged that the credit reporting company’s failure to take reasonable steps to secure its network led to a data breach in 2017 that affected approximately 147 million people.

Media Briefing Monday: EFF and Partners Will Discuss California Bills Aimed at Weakening State’s Consumer Privacy Law

Media Briefing Monday: EFF and Partners Will Discuss California Bills Aimed at Weakening State’s Consumer Privacy Law

San Francisco—On Monday, June 8, at 11 am, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the ACLU, Common Sense Media, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, and Consumer Reports will hold a conference call to brief reporters about five bills designed to weaken consumer privacy protections that are set for hearing in the California Senate.

Only a small percentage of users buys stuff through Alexa, report claims

Only a small percentage of users buys stuff through Alexa, report claims

with 85 posters participating Analysts have been aggressively optimistic in their predictions about the growth of consumer shopping via virtual assistants like Amazon's Alexa, but a new report claims that only a small fraction of Alexa device owners shop with voice commands.

Startpage privacy search engine eclipses Google

Startpage privacy search engine eclipses Google

Stiftung Warentest, which is Germany’s equivalent to U.S. Consumer Reports, has awarded top honors in an unbiased search engine comparison based on quality of search results, cross-platform usability and privacy. Stiftung Warentest tested the search engines and discovered that Google provided the best search results.

Stopping Unsolicited Mail, Phone Calls, and Email

Stopping Unsolicited Mail, Phone Calls, and Email

The good news is that you can cut down on the number of unsolicited mailings, calls, and emails you receive by learning where to go to "just say no." Consumer Reporting Companies If you decide that you don't want to receive prescreened offers of credit and insurance, you have two choices: You can opt out of receiving them for five years or opt out of receiving them permanently.

Starwood Reservation Database Security Incident

Starwood Reservation Database Security Incident

If you are a resident of West Virginia, you have the right to ask that nationwide consumer reporting agencies place "fraud alerts" in your file to let potential creditors and others know that you may be a victim of identity theft, as described below.

The Internet of Things Needs Food Safety-Style Ratings for Privacy and Security

The Internet of Things Needs Food Safety-Style Ratings for Privacy and Security

To that end, Consumer Reports announced last year it would begin working with non-profit privacy research firm Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) and nonprofit software security-testing organization Cyber Independent Testing Lab (CITL) on a new open source standard intended to help make internet-connected hardware safer.