Nvidia Shield TV
If you want an Android TV streaming box with features like Dolby Vision and Atmos, 4K HDR and AI-upscaling, and a customizable remote, then Nvidia Shield TV and Shield TV Pro are for you. It's got Google Assistant built in and lets you stream from Chromecast apps. It's perfect for the techies and gamers who want more than Roku or Fire TV offer. The bad news: it's not cheap. The good news: Nvidia seems to be better at privacy than those other guys.
What could happen if something goes wrong?
Nvidia's remote only listens for your voice when you push a button on the remote. That's a nice feature. Beware though, any asks you make of Google Assistant or Alexa to play your TV shows can be collected by Google and Amazon and used to target you with ads and content. While we are cautioning you, we should also mention that Nvidia reportedly suffered a data breach in 2022. Seventy one thousand employee credentials (no consumer data though) were stolen and some of those ended up online. It's a good reminder that nothing is 100% secure on the internet and that the best way to keep personal data safe is not collecting it in the first place.
All in all, Nvidia seemingly does an OK -- if not great -- job with privacy. In a streaming TV space where companies are hungry for all the data they can get on viewers, Nvidia seems to do much better than most.
Tips to protect yourself
- You can configure privacy and data settings by visiting privacy.nvidia.com.
- Opt out of data sharing for interest-based advertising via the privacy center
- Use your device privacy controls to limit access to your personal information via app (do not give access to your camera, microphone, images, location unless necessary)
- Keep your app regularly updated
- Limit ad tracking via your device (eg on iPhone go to Privacy -> Advertising -> Limit ad tracking) and biggest ad networks (for Google, go to Google account and turn off ad personalization)
- Request your data be deleted once you stop using the app. Simply deleting an app from your device usually does not erase your personal data.
- When starting a sign-up, do not agree to tracking of your data if possible.
What can be used to sign up?
What data does the company collect?
Username, email address, account preferences, login activity, and IP address; birthdate; geographic region; Information about the features and applications used in connection with our products or services, including the software or games you are using.
How does the company use this data?
How can you control your data?
What is the company’s known track record of protecting users’ data?
In March 2022, a data leak happened at Nvidia that exposed credentials of over 71,000 employees. "Impacted data included over 70k employee email addresses and NTLM password hashes, many of which were subsequently cracked and circulated within the hacking community.” In a tweet Troy Hunt, the owner of HaveIBeenPwnd, stated that 17% of addresses were already in the database." Nvidia promptly stepped back and required all employees to change passwords. The consumer data was not impacted by the breach.
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Can this product be used offline?
User-friendly privacy information?
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
Anyone can report a vulnerability at https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/security/report-vulnerability/
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