Smart doorbell Ring immediately requires users to use two-step verification when logging in to their Ring account, the company writes Tuesday in a blog post. In addition, the company gives users more control over what happens with their data.
Two-step verification adds an extra layer of security to accounts. With every login to a Ring account, the user receives a one-time six-digit code to verify the login attempt. Users can choose to receive this code as an email or as a text message. Only when the code has been entered does the user have access to the app and can images from Ring cameras be viewed.
In addition, Ring now gives users the option of no longer sharing personal data with third parties for displaying personalized advertisements. This can be turned on and off in the app's Control Center. The company also wants to give users the option to turn off data sharing with analysis services. This function is expected to come in the spring, until that time Ring stops sharing user data with the services.
In January, research by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) privacy watchdog showed that Ring's products would be full of trackers that forward personal information to third parties. Four different marketing and analysis companies, AppsFlyer, Branch, Facebook and MixPane, received names, IP addresses, providers used, sensor data and the unique identification codes of the devices that use paying Ring customers. If the companies combine this data, this can be traced back to specific customers, the EFF writes.
A Ring spokesperson then informed NU.nl that the company uses third parties to evaluate the use of Ring's mobile app. "Ring ensures that the use of the data cannot be contractually used for other purposes," said the spokesperson.
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