Category: Digital Standard

Calling all public interest tech researchers!

Are you passionate about privacy, security, or digital rights? Do you work on consumer protection research or new methods to study the digital world? If so, keep reading! At CR’s (Consumer Reports) Digital Lab, we are now accepting applications for paid, non-resident fellows to uncover and solve for consumer harms in the digital world. This ten month fellowship provides a

Peer-to-Peer Payment Apps: A Digital Standard Case Study

Source: Consumer Reports’ Why Apple Pay Is the Highest-Rated Mobile P2P Payment Service  Over the past few years, the Digital Lab evaluated and test a number of products and services informed by criteria, indicators and testing processes from the Digital Standard. To bring more transparency to the Digital Standard, we are launching a series of case studies aimed to highlight examples

Reproductive Health Apps: A Digital Standard Case Study

Source: Consumer Reports — What Your Period Tracker Knows About You Over the past few years, the Digital Lab evaluated and test a number of products and services informed by criteria, indicators and testing processes from the Digital Standard. To bring more transparency to the Digital Standard, we are launching a series of case studies aimed to highlight examples that will help clarify:

July 2020 Raw Data Release & Recommendations: Connected Cameras

Source: Home Security Cameras From Top Brands Lack Basic Digital Security Measures Consumer Reports just released our latest Connected Camera ratings, which include the Digital Standard subscores on data privacy + security. Today we are publishing raw data from our Connected Cameras Digital Standard testing and share some of the findings from our recent webinar: [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gjw4mSK1cg[/embed]   Testing methods The methods

Smart TVs: A Digital Standard Case Study

Source: Consumer Reports’ How to Turn Off Smart TV Snooping Features Consumer Reports found that Samsung and Roku Smart TVs were vulnerable to hacking through a web-based attack. Photo: Michael A. Smith   Over the past few years, the Digital Lab evaluated and test a number of products and services informed by criteria, indicators and testing processes from the Digital Standard.

Connected Cameras: A Digital Standard Case Study

Wireless security cameras being tested in a Consumer Reports lab. (Source: Consumer Reports)   Over the past few years, the Digital Lab evaluated and test a number of products and services informed by criteria, indicators and testing processes from the Digital Standard. To bring more transparency to the Digital Standard, we are launching a series of case studies aimed to highlight

An interview with Liam McCormack, Consumer Reports’ Vice President of Research Testing & Insights

Putting electric kitchen mixers to the test (Consumer Reports photo, date unknown). Source: Duke Today With a unique lifelong career in consumer-advocacy organizations, the Digital Lab team interviewed Consumer Reports’ VP of research, testing and insights, Liam McCormack, about the role of standards with the consumer movement, current challenges and future opportunities for industry standards and comparative ratings. One particular example

Videoconferencing Services: A Digital Standard Case Study

Image source: Consumer Reports via Guide to Videoconference Services   Over the past few years, the Digital Lab evaluated and test a number of products and services informed by criteria, indicators and testing processes from the Digital Standard. To bring more transparency to the Digital Standard, we are launching a series of case studies aimed to highlight examples that will

Raw Data Release: 2019 Smart TV Testing

A Consumer Reports engineer evaluates smart TV privacy practices. PHOTO: MICHAEL A. SMITH   Consumer Reports just released our 2019 Smart TV ratings, which include for the first time Digital Standard sub-scores on data privacy + security. Today, we’re also publishing raw data from our Digital Standard testing. By taking an open data approach, we hope to increase transparency around our findings

An interview with Consumer Reports’ Senior Director of Testing

Maria Rerecich, Senior Director of Product Testing at Consumer Reports  Meet Maria Rerecich, Senior Director of Product Testing at Consumer Reports. A lifelong electrical engineer by training, Maria is as fundamental to the mission of Consumer Reports (CR) as Maxwell’s famous equations are to the field of electrical engineering. Rerecich is the beaming force behind the teams that evaluate global consumer

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