Ring doorbell is a popular smart home device, but it is discovered that its Android app is sending large amounts of private data to other companies including Facebook.
These companies receive Ring users’ IP addresses, user names and the data from motion sensors and cameras installed at their homes that are managed through the application. In addition to this, of course, the data that they access on smartphones are also sent.
Ring app is sending daha to these companies
Electronic Frontier Foundation have analyzed Ring app version 3.21.1 for Android and the results have shown that private data is shared with branch.io, mixpanel.com, appsflyer.com and facebook.com. We should also remind that Ring is doing this without an open consent.
Surely, few people might be be surprised about Facebook collecting data through other companies considering its actions in the last couple of years trampling down user privacy, but the interesting part of the data sharing incident is that the Facebook gets these information even if you do not have an account on the social network.
The danger in sending even a small amount of data is that analytics and tracking companies can combine them to form a unique fingerprint of the Ring users’ devices. And with this, they can spy on a user’s digital life.