Mozilla's Guide To Smart Tech Lets You Filter By Creepiness

By Holly Brockwell on at

It's mid-November, and the Christmas gift guides are everywhere. Mozilla's is a little different, though: the makers of Firefox have done an online guide to smart tech that gives it a creepiness rating in terms of how likely it is to spy on you.

Mozilla explains it thusly:

"Teddy bears that connect to the internet. Smart speakers that listen to commands. Great gifts—unless they spy on you. We created this guide to help you buy safe, secure products this holiday season."

While the creepiness ratings are voted on by the public and are therefore not very useful (anything with a camera – especially things that are cameras – gets a high-creepiness rating), Mozilla's detailed assessments of the privacy standards attached to each product are definitely worth a look.

For instance, the Nintendo Switch get a little rosette for meeting minimum security standards, and Mozilla gives details of how complex the privacy policy is, whether it uses encryption, whether it shares your data, whether it has parental controls and so on. The guide also gives details of customer service contact points for each company, including links and phone numbers. Handy.

If you're buying tech this Christmas (or Black Friday), give it a look before you click 'Buy'.