16 Dec Expert Urge Consumers to Read Fine Print When Using Digital Assistants
Former Ontario privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian recently warned Canadian consumers against using digital assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa, and urged them to read the fine print before bringing such a device into their home.
Even though tech companies such as Amazon, Google, and Apple assure that they hold the customers’ privacy with utmost importance and that they do not sell user data to third parties, Cavoukian nevertheless advised caution. She cited a study by the Federal Trade Commission in the [U.S.] where it was found that information from devices such as wearables was flowing out to 76 different third parties without the user’s knowledge.
Cavoukian currently heads the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University in Toronto.
Source: CBC CA