Mozilla releases a new system for rating gadgets by their "creepiness"
Mozilla's Privacy Not Included is a campaign intended to highlight how the increasingly large amount of personal data that new gadgets and devices seem to need is used by the companies that use or sell them. Now, it has produced a new resource that rates various electronics on this basis.
These products range from new consoles to fitness trackers, each of which has its own page with a breakdown of how user data is treated by the company in question (according to Mozilla, that is). This includes assessments of their privacy policies, how transparent they are and the ease of opting out of sharing one's data with the OEM in quesiton.
Each product's page also contains details on any known incidence of companies sharing, losing or even selling personal information in the past. However, the actual "creepiness" ratings on the main page (which range from "Not Creepy!" with a happy emoji" to "Super Creepy!" alongside an extremely alarmed one) are assigned based on feedback left by visitors to each page, ideally based on each product's privacy-respecting breakdown.
Accordingly, devices such as the Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 or Withings Thermo smart thermometer are at the "Not Creepy!" end of the scale, with products such as the Amazon Halo and Oculus Quest 2 headset at the other. Other products such as the Xbox Series X and S are listed as Not Creepy, whereas the Playstation 5 is Somewhat Creepy.