Privacy with the devices we use

Oh, this is good. In November Mozilla released a guide to the privacy practices of various Internet connected devices that might be on people’s Christmas lists: privacy not included.

The Why We Made This Guide is also worth a read. It suggests a reason as to why it currently feels such a headache and a chore to think about what data and what privacy we give up when installing these devices:

Stop and think about that. To understand if a connected device you purchase is safe — can it spy on you, what does it know about you, can you control it — requires top privacy research skills as well as some high-level technical skills.

Some people will just not mind what’s collected. It’s a personal choice. As Bruce Schneier (whose blog directed me to this guide) says, Internet privacy is all about trade-offs, what you’re comfortable with. However, it’s only fair that everyone knows, in terms as plain as possible, what those trade-offs are. (A great example of east-to-read transparency was the recent WordPress privacy policy update). I guess this is why I like the guide so much as it goes towards doing exactly that.