Welcome to the holiday shopping season. Mozilla, the maker of the best browser for Mac users, has a shopping guide with a few hints on which products are creepy, and instead of *batteries not included, are the kind with *privacy not included.
No matter how big technology spins it, some of the largest technology manufacturers are more interested in getting some of your private information more than anything else.
EditorDavid says it all:
Mozilla’s Annual Buyer’s Guide Rates Amazon and Google Security Cameras ‘Very Creepy’
The little popup slider bar lets you view all the products that are deemed Super Creepy or, well, to lesser levels of creepy, to Not Creepy. In a continuing effort to different Mozilla’s Firefox browser from Chrome, the company has taken privacy to another level.
The shopping guide’s editor:
While the variety of smart devices on offer is rapidly increasing, so are the number of products that pay no heed to even basic security measures…
In simpler terms, some of those cameras and wearables and speakers are cheap because they spy on their users, collect plenty of personal information that is shared with advertisers, and eventually, it comes back around to manipulate the very people who coughed it up in the first place.
All those wonderfully attractive Ring cameras– the ones with the great TV commercials– they’re sold by Amazon (which also owns Ring now).
What about Google’s highly touted Nest hardware?
Nest Cam’s Indoor and Outdoor Security Cameras and Google Home also fell into the “Very Creepy” category — and so did Amazon’s Echo smart speakers. (The Amazon Echo Show even made it into Mozilla’s highest “Super Creepy” category, where the only other product was Facebook Portal.)
Think about the situations that grip the world.
Rich people manipulate poor people and the middle class and get them to do their bidding, support their policies, and pay for their tax cuts, and read and view only the news and information they want them to.
And they don’t know or understand what is happening to them.
Likewise, companies like Amazon and Google and others sell products to people that then collect information from those people that is used by advertisers to influence and manipulate those very same customers.
See how that works?
Thanks to Mozilla for coming up with a good shopping guide on what to avoid.
Who does that?