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“Ring Doorbell” App Owned By Amazon Gets Accused Of Sending Users’ Data To Third Parties

Amazon bought Ring in 2018 that sells a range of home security cameras as well as doorbells

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In November 2019, Amazon rolled out a security patch for its Ring Video Doorbell Pro after Bitdefender security researchers found that it was exposing Wi-Fi network credentials, thus, allowing nearby attackers to intercept them and compromise the household network. VOA

The US-based digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EEF) has found that Amazon-owned Ring doorbell app is “packed” with third-party tracking, sending out plethora of customers’ personally identifiable information.

An investigation of the Ring doorbell app for Android discovered that four main analytics and marketing companies – including Facebook and Google — were receiving information such as the names, private IP addresses, mobile network carriers, persistent identifiers, and sensor data on the devices of paying customers.

“Not only does Ring mismanage consumer data, but it also intentionally hands over that data to trackers and data miners,” the EEF said in a release late Tuesday. “Ring claims to prioritize the security and privacy of its customers, yet time and again we’ve seen these claims not only fall short, but harm the customers and community members who engage with Ring’s surveillance system,” said the non-profit group.

In a statement to Gizmodo, the Amazon-owned home security and smart home company said it limited the amount of data it shared. “Like many companies, Ring uses third-party service providers to evaluate the use of our mobile app, which helps us improve features, optimise the customer experience and evaluate the effectiveness of our marketing,” the company said.

In November 2019, Amazon rolled out a security patch for its Ring Video Doorbell Pro after Bitdefender security researchers found that it was exposing Wi-Fi network credentials, thus, allowing nearby attackers to intercept them and compromise the household network.

Security researchers from Bitdefender said the Amazon-owned doorbell was sending owners’ Wi-Fi passwords in cleartext as the doorbell joins the local network, thus, allowing nearby hackers to intercept the Wi-Fi password and gain access to the network to launch larger attacks or conduct surveillance. The EEF said that Ring has exhibited a pattern of behaviour that attempts to mitigate exposure to criticism and scrutiny while benefiting from the wide array of customer data available to them.

“Our testing, using Ring for Android version 3.21.1, revealed PII (personally identifiable information) delivery to branch.io, mixpanel.com, appsflyer.com and facebook.com. Ring also sends information to the Google-owned crash logging service Crashalytics. The exact extent of data sharing with this service is yet to be determined,” said the group.

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The US-based digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EEF) has found that Amazon-owned Ring doorbell app is “packed” with third-party tracking, sending out plethora of customers’ personally identifiable information. Pixabay

The group has in the past alerted about the mismanagement of user information which has led to data breaches. “This goes a step beyond that, by simply delivering sensitive data to third parties not accountable to Ring or bound by the trust placed in the customer-vendor relationship, it added.

Amazon bought Ring in 2018 that sells a range of home security cameras as well as doorbells. In December last year, parents of an eight-year-old girl in the US were left stunned when a hacker accessed a Ring video camera installed in their daughter’s room and taunted her.

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In the video, the hacker can be heard taunting the eight-year-old several times as she is seen clueless as where the voice is coming from. (IANS)

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India Has The Most Number of Spotify Users in 18-24 Years Age Group (Tech Report)

It completes one year of operations in the country on Thursday and since its debut, Spotify has been streamed in nearly 2,300 cities in India

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It completes one year of operations in the country on Thursday and since its debut, Spotify has been streamed in nearly 2,300 cities in India. Wikimedia Commons

India has the highest number of Spotify users in the 18-24 age group among all global markets, the Swedish music streaming giant announced on Thursday.

It completes one year of operations in the country on Thursday and since its debut, Spotify has been streamed in nearly 2,300 cities in India.

“Currently, there are over 6,400 Indian artists on ‘Spotify For Artists’, of which almost 5,000 were added in the past one year. Spotify has now more than doubled its music library of local, curated playlists in India; from 120 at the time of launch, to 350+ today,” the company said in a statement.

Interestingly, while GenZ and millennials drive the most streams on popular music genres — film music, international pop, and Punjabi non-film music, it’s the 35-44 year old users who listen the most to local, vs. international music.

‘Senorita’ by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello is the most streamed track across the country for the 55 and above age group.

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India has the highest number of Spotify users in the 18-24 age group among all global markets, the Swedish music streaming giant announced. Wikimedia Commons

With the top genres ranging across pop, filmi music, hip-hop, sufi and Indian folk, what unites Indian listeners is still their love for “love” as a genre for music.

When it comes to music preference, India’s “mushiest” states include West Bengal, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Assam, Bihar, and Sikkim, where “Bollywood Mush” features in the top three playlists.

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The only western state is Gujarat, where users listen to sentimental love songs. (IANS)