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Ring Doorbell app - trackers galore


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For anyone concerned about their privacy, the modern trends of IoT devices can be a virtual minefield, between employees listening on conversations through smart devices, to surveillance cameras and even baby monitors that fail to provide even basic security to prevent anyone with an internet connection from hacking in and turning your own security devices against you, these technological advancements can be a hard sell.  Unfortunately there's more bad news on that front for IoT doorbells made by the popular company Ring.  EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation), a privacy advocacy group, have investigated and discovered that Ring have embedded numerous trackers into their app which is used for operating the devices so that you are not necessarily the only one using the tool to keep tabs one your home.

You can learn more about this issue in this article.  Ring has a rather spotted history when it comes to privacy issues, with prior concerns about some of their past partnerships and dealings getting them into hot water with privacy advocates over what they were sharing with law enforcement as discussed here.

Stay safe out there, and I personally recommend exercising caution with regards to the devices you let into your home and into your life in general.  Technology is a great thing, and the conveniences and capabilities it offers can be very persuasive, however one must weigh the true cost of some of those capabilities when deciding what is best for their overall well being, especially if privacy is a high priority.

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