Giving Compass’ Take:
• Digital Lab, a new project from Craig Newmark (founder of Craigslist), will investigate and rate the data security of internet tools and services.
• What are some common concerns with data privacy and protection? What is being done to improve privacy and data protection?
In early 2018, an investigation by the nonprofit Consumer Reportsrevealed that some new models of Samsung’s smart TVs could be hacked. Others that used the digital streaming service Roku were also affected. As a result, Consumer Reports found that anyone with some basic computer programming skills might be able to take control of these consumer electronics to remotely channel surf, boost the volume, and make them seem possessed.
While that finding spurred Samsung to fix the problem, it also represents a larger issue: Tech has reached the point that people buying it often don’t realize how it might be manipulated. And manufacturers aren’t properly incentivized to find out either.
To fix that, Consumer Reports is expanding its watchdog efforts with Digital Lab, a new investigative division dedicated to rating and reviewing the privacy, security, transparency, and data collection practices of various mobile and Internet-based products and services.
Read the full article about data privacy by Ben Paynter at Fast Company.
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