Tag: Updates

Introducing the new Security Planner

We’re thrilled to share the news that Consumer Reports (CR) has agreed to become the steward of the Security Planner project, carrying the torch forward on Citizen Lab’s excellent work these past years.   Security Planner is a free, easy-to-use guide to staying safer online. It provides personalized recommendations and expert advice on online security practices, adjusting common privacy settings,

Fall 2020 Open Challenge for Data and Privacy Prototyping

UPDATE: The deadline is July 6, 2020! Get the proposals in! END UPDATE. Are you interested in and passionate about helping people understand the importance of privacy, and how to understand our rights? Consumer Reports has partnered with The NYC Media Lab to announce calls for the Fall 2020 Open Challenge for Data and Privacy Prototyping! The deadline for submissions

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

Coming soon: an open call for non-resident technologist fellows

UPDATE: we are accepting applications through March 28th UPDATE 2: to give applicants more time during the disruptions from COVID-19, we are extending the application deadline to April 15th. Apply now: https://digital-lab.consumerreports.org/fellows/ We just announced that the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is increasing its support of CR’s work on consumer privacy and data security. I’m writing with some context about

We’re hiring! Come join the Digital Lab at Consumer Reports.

The Digital Lab at Consumer Reports launched earlier this year. We work to advance consumer power and digital rights. And we’re hiring! With your help, we’ll be evaluating the privacy and security of connected products and services, conducting original investigations, and shaping public policy on key issues like the concentration of power in big tech companies. We’re funded in part