For Amazon’s Ring security users, there is a lot to worry about than hackers and having secure passwords as a recent report revealed. According to a report shared on Monday, the Amazon-owned company has been sharing personal information of users with several sources that include social media platform Facebook. The worst part is that they are sharing information about even users without Facebook accounts.
Ring accused of sharing user information to five companies
The report published by Electronic Frontier Foundations stumbled upon the finding following an assessment of the Android version of the Ring App. The foundation established that the App was full of third party tracking, and it was sharing user’s personal information. At least five companies have been receiving various kinds of information from the App, which include mobile networks, IP addresses as well as names. The non-profit said that the App was sharing all this information without the consent of users or notifying them.
EFF security engineer and technologist William Budington stated that users should be careful and look hard to see whether there is something to trust in the App. This is because the device that is supposed to be surveilling burglars and intruders may be surveilling them. Equally, Amazon software engineer Maz Eliazer has called for a shutdown of Ring because of privacy issues and has indicated that it shouldn’t be brought back.
Ring says third-party providers help in the evaluation of the App
On its defense, Ring indicated in a statement that, like most companies, they use third-party service providers in evaluation of the use of the App. The company said that it enables them to improve on different features as well as enhance user experience. Similarly, it helps the company to asses the effectiveness of its marketing.
However, EFF stated that Ring failed to protect customer’s privacy by sharing information. In its privacy, it is only one of the trackers found that was mentioned. The EFF added that it is dangerous top send bits of personal information to tracking and analytics companies because they can combine the bits and form a profile of the customer.