The Electronic Frontier Foundation published its findings after closely examining the Android version of the Ring app.
The non-profit determined that the app is “packed with third-party trackers sending out a plethora of customers’ personally identifiable information.” And this is done “without meaningful user notification or consent and, in most cases, no way to mitigate the damage done,” the EFF said.
…The EFF notes user data can be amalgamated to create a profile of a user’s digital habits. Third-party companies can use that profile to surveil what people are doing across other apps and websites.
…Ring collects information like names, private IP addresses, mobile network carriers and sensor data on the devices of paying customers, EFF said. The personal data then goes to four primary recipients including Branch, ApplsFlyer, MixPanel and Facebook, EFF said. Google-owned Crashanalytics was also named as a recipient.
“The danger in sending even small bits of information is that analytics and tracking companies are able to combine these bits together to form a unique picture of the user’s device,” EFF said in the report.
…Reports also surfaced revealing that some of Ring’s workers had been fired for spying on users. In November, the Mozilla Foundation, which created the Firefox browser, said Ring was among its worst privacy offenders. Mozilla claimed the company’s doorbells have bugs that could enable hackers to “go Big Brother on you in your own home.”