Huawei FreeBuds Pro

Warning: *privacy not included with this product

Huawei FreeBuds Pro

Huawei
Bluetooth

Review date: Nov. 8, 2021

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Mozilla says

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People voted: Super creepy

If you're looking for noise-cancelling earbuds with lots of modes, here you go. These little buds have an ultra mode for traveling, a cozy mode for keeping you focused, and a general mode for general stuff, we suppose. Voice mode lets you hear voices (not the ones in your head). And then there is the AI Life app that lets you choose from all these different modes as well as discover the location of your little headphones if they go missing. One thing we’re afraid these little earphones probably don’t come with is a privacy mode.

What could happen if something goes wrong?

Huawei's 5G technology is blocked in the US, as the company is labeled a national security threat in the country. Many other countries have issued bans on some of Huawei’s technology too. What does that mean for Huawei's fitness bands that are still popular in Europe and elsewhere around the world? For us, it raises some serious privacy questions.

Huawei collects and shares a large amount of data. They also say they can collect and share data about you from public and commercial sources. One way they share this data is with their business partners, who can use it to make predictions about your interests and send you ads. That’s a lot of data collection and sharing.

And while China has recently put in place a sweeping new privacy protection law, there are questions about how much access the Chinese government has to personal information collected and stored within China. All in all, it seems to us there are safer options for fitness trackers when it comes to protecting your privacy and security.

Tips to protect yourself

  • Consider using your headphones without connecting it to an app. This way, you may decrease amount of data collected
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Can it snoop on me? information

Camera

Device: No

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: Yes

App: Yes

Tracks location

Device: No

App: Yes

What can be used to sign up?

What data does the company collect?

How does the company use this data?

When permitted by law, Huawei will collect information about you from public and commercial sources. Your information may be shared within Huawei's affiliates "only for explicit, and legitimate purposes, and the sharing is limited only to information required by services." In addition, Huawei may share your data with business partners, and they may use it for the purposes of predicting your interests, advertising, and promotions, among other things.

How can you control your data?

You can delete your account in HUAWEI ID-related products. After you delete your account, they will stop providing products and services, and delete your personal data unless otherwise stipulated by law.

What is the company’s known track record of protecting users’ data?

Bad

In January 2020, Huawei reported a vulnerability regarding encryption of its phones.

There are also several reports of Huawei participating in development of technologies with questionable ethics. In 2020, it was reported that Huawei developed AI software used to suppress Uighur minorities in China. In 2019, the company was linked to building wireless networks in North Korea.

Huawei is labeled a national security threat by the United States

Can this product be used offline?

Yes

User-friendly privacy information?

No

Links to privacy information

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards? information

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Strong password

Yes

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Huawei has a bug bounty program. They also have a dedicated Product Security Incident Response Team.

Privacy policy

Yes

Does the product use AI? information

Can’t Determine

Is this AI untrustworthy?

Can’t Determine

What kind of decisions does the AI make about you or for you?

Is the company transparent about how the AI works?

Can’t Determine

Does the user have control over the AI features?

Can’t Determine


News

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An internal report claims the face-scanning system could trigger a ‘Uighur alarm,’ sparking concerns that the software could help fuel China’s crackdown on the mostly Muslim minority group
Leaked documents reveal Huawei’s secret operations to build North Korea’s wireless network
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Huawei Technologies Co., the Chinese tech giant embroiled in President Trump’s trade war with China and blacklisted as a national security threat, secretly helped the North Korean government build and maintain the country’s commercial wireless network, according to internal documents obtained by The Washington Post and people familiar with the arrangement.
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Sweden Becomes Latest – and Among Most Forceful – to Ban Huawei From 5G
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In its decision, Sweden minced no words about either the ban or the threat posed by China.
US designates Huawei, four other Chinese tech firms national security threats
DW
The US has labeled five Chinese tech companies, including Huawei, as national security risks. President Joe Biden may be continuing his predcessor's hardline stance against China's growing technological dominance.
Ignore China’s New Data Privacy Law at Your Peril
Wired
The Personal Information Protection Law gives authorities the power to impose huge fines and blacklist companies. But the biggest impact may be felt outside the country.

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