Kobo eReaders

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Kobo eReaders

Review date: 11/02/2020

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 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. 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 collection Amazon does, it doesn't mean you're off the hook when it comes to data collection with Kobo's e-readers. They may share your personal Information with service providers, business partners or affiliates, retail partners, or by selling it to third parties for marketing purposes. And, we're not sure you can even delete the data they collect on you. You can request that data be corrected. There was no mention of deletion in the privacy policy.

Privacy

Can it snoop on me?

Camera

Device: No

App: N/A

Microphone

Device: No

App: N/A

Tracks Location

Device: No

App: N/A

What is required to sign up?

What data does it collect?

How can you control your data?

You can request that data be corrected. There was no mention of deletion in the privacy policy.

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

Average

No known incidents in the last 2 years.

Can this product be used offline?

Yes

User friendly privacy information?

No

Links to privacy information

Security

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?

Yes

Encryption

Not applicable

Strong password

Not applicable

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Rakuten doesn't have an official bug bounty program, but it supports the responsible disclosure of security vulerabilities.

Privacy policy

Yes

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

No

Company contact info

Phone Number

No

Email

No

Twitter

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