Mozilla announced the release of the 2018 edition of its ‘Privacy Not Included’ guide which assesses the security of IoT gifts this festive season. The guide breaks down whether or not, each device is safe and can be trusted, especially when it comes to gifts designed for children.
Out of the 18 products in the Toys & Games area of the guide, just 5 gadgets meet Mozilla’s “minimum standards” to gain its seal of approval. They’re the Nintendo Switch, Sony PS4, Microsoft Xbox One, the Amazon Fire ‘Kids Edition’, and the Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit.
And amongst the wearables, only 6 of 14 gain the seal – the Ionic, Fitbit Charge 3, Versa, Athena Safety, Apple Watch 4, and Samsung Gear Sport. Surprisingly, the Apple AirPods did not meet the minimum standard.
In the ‘Smart Home’ products, 11 of 20 products meet Mozilla’s standard. But, the most interesting is the Google Home which many have expressed an inherent distrust of due to the company’s primary revenue relying on people’s data. None of the products by Google subsidiary Nest passed the test, however.
Nest’s apparent shortcoming is because it doesn’t rely on password-based authentication. The products are relatively secure otherwise – being part of Google’s “bug bounty” initiative, uses encryption, offers automatic security updates, and doesn’t share data with third-parties.
To gain a minimum seal of approval, Mozilla tested each product against various tests – whether it can spy on its user, things such as the use of data-sharing, encryption, and supporting privacy policies.