Better tech reviews for the modern age
“It’s worth considering some potential privacy risks when you invite an internet-connected gadget into your home,” Garun writes. She then goes on to list the types of data Peloton can collect, and what information Peloton class instructors can see about you.
She then offers advice about steps you can take to protect your privacy when using the Peloton Tread: “If you are concerned about potential attackers, you can put a privacy cover on the camera portion just like you would on laptops, and unplug the machine or dedicate a Wi-Fi network / use a smart plug for the Tread that you can turn off after your workout.”
This is refreshing. Most reviewers don’t address privacy concerns raised by the gadgets and apps they cover. There’s a good reason for that – most users simply didn’t think about it until recently, and many still don’t. But now data privacy and security are a more salient issue than ever before, tech reviewers now have a duty of care to their readers to mention it.
Journalists won’t necessarily know for sure what happens to data collected about their readers by the companies they cover, but they can at least ask the question to those companies, and point out any potential holes in the official line. At least they’ll have equipped their audience with information they can use to make their own decisions. Hopefully, it will make the tech companies think more about how they communicate the privacy of their products, too.
If we’re all going to be more secure online, we all need to do our bit – tech reviewers included.