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The EFF Gift Guide: What’s Creeping Us Out

EFF doesn’t endorse products. “But as Internet-connected products proliferate, ads for them bombard holiday shoppers with promises of a more streamlined life. And they do so without always divulging that they’re tracking you more than a jolly fat man who sees when you’re sleeping and knows when you’re awake. So, we are taking a different approach to the holiday gift guide: highlighting products that raise red flags for us, as privacy-conscious digital advocates. Here are some gifts being pushed this year that, from a privacy or security standpoint, are on our naughty list…” The list includes the following:

  • Facebook’s Portal
  • Smart Home Hubs From Google, Amazon and Others
  • Verizon Phones with AppFlash Spyware
  • The Elf on the Shelf
  • There are many, many more products that we could talk about here: smart toys, baby monitors, fitness trackers and more. Overall, there are a few things to think about when you’re looking at buying a smart gift but trying to balance privacy…”

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