Kobo eReaders

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Kobo eReaders

Kobo
Wi-Fi

Review date: Nov. 8, 2021

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Mozilla says

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People voted: Very creepy

Want an e-reader but don't want to be tied to Amazon and Amazon's book store? Want something that also supports open source book files (which Amazon's e-readers don't do)? Toronto-based Kobo makes a series of e-readers perfect for you! Their low-end e-readers get the job done without any bells or whistles, and their higher-end e-readers include features like expanded storage--so you can store all those free and open source titles--and water resistance--for all you bathtub and beach readers, and even a ebook you can write on with stylus. Good deal!

What could happen if something goes wrong?

While it is nice to have an e-reader option that is not tied to Amazon and all the data Amazon collects, it doesn't mean you're off the hook when it comes to data collection with Kobo's e-readers. Kobe says they may sell your online identifiers and information about your online activity. That’s bad. Kobo may also share your personal information with third parties for marketing and other purposes. And, we're not sure you can even delete the data they collect on you if you live outside of California in the US or the European Economic Area where special privacy regulations are in place. Kobo says you can request that data they have on you be corrected but there is no mention of any way to delete your data in their privacy policy. Hard to believe, but Kobo makes Amazon sound kinda OK when it comes to how they handle your personal data.

Tips to protect yourself

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Can it snoop on me? information

Camera

Device: No

App: N/A

Microphone

Device: No

App: N/A

Tracks location

Device: Yes

App: N/A

What can be used to sign up?

What data does the company collect?

How does the company use this data?

Kobo may sell the following categories of your personal information to third parties: online identifiers and information about your online activity. Kobo can share other data types for purposes that include marketing.

How can you control your data?

No data retention details are mentioned. Data deletion policies are mentioned only for European Economic Area and California citizens.

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

Average

No known incidents in the last 3 years.

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

N/A

Strong password

N/A

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

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


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