Data Privacy

When you shop for, purchase, or use a product or service, your private information may be collected, bought, or sold without your knowledge or consent. That’s why Consumer Reports is working to help you take charge of your personal data.

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The strong data privacy protections we seek include:
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Transparency: Clear and concise information about the data practices of companies you interact with, and easy access to the information they have about you.

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Data use rules: Standards to ensure that companies use your data only for the things that you have agreed to let them do.

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Data minimization rules: Requiring companies to collect only data that's needed to make the product or service work correctly, to protect that data with basic security measures, and to safely destroy it after use.

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Enforcement: A privacy regulator with the power to enforce the rules.

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How Consumer Reports Is Protecting Your Data Privacy
Here are some of the key milestones in our recent efforts to keep consumer data secure.
July 2016
Glow App 
After CR testing of the menstrual cycle and fertility tracking app finds a security vulnerability that potentially reveals users’ intimate personal information, the company fixes the problem.
July 2016
Glow App 
After CR testing of the menstrual cycle and fertility tracking app finds a security vulnerability that potentially reveals users’ intimate personal information, the company fixes the problem.
March 2017
The Digital Standard
CR leads the creation of open-source technical standards for testing the extent to which software and digital products protect consumer privacy, information security, freedom of speech, and product ownership.
March 2017
The Digital Standard
CR leads the creation of open-source technical standards for testing the extent to which software and digital products protect consumer privacy, information security, freedom of speech, and product ownership.
November 2017
Equifax
In response to the massive Equifax data breach, CR collects and delivers more than 180,000 petition signatures demanding that the company take steps to make consumers whole.
November 2017
Equifax
In response to the massive Equifax data breach, CR collects and delivers more than 180,000 petition signatures demanding that the company take steps to make consumers whole.
March 2018
Robocalls
Portions of a CR-backed bill, the ROBOCOP Act, pass Congress, leading to increased protections against fraudulently spoofed calls.
March 2018
Robocalls
Portions of a CR-backed bill, the ROBOCOP Act, pass Congress, leading to increased protections against fraudulently spoofed calls.
May 2018
Free Security Freezes
CR advocacy helps prompt the federal government to pass a law eliminating security freeze fees at the three major credit bureaus.
May 2018
Free Security Freezes
CR advocacy helps prompt the federal government to pass a law eliminating security freeze fees at the three major credit bureaus.
June 2018
Privacy Law
CR successfully protects the California Consumer Privacy Act, which gives 1 in every 8 Americans greater access to and control over their digital privacy and security. Other states consider similar measures.  
June 2018
Privacy Law
CR successfully protects the California Consumer Privacy Act, which gives 1 in every 8 Americans greater access to and control over their digital privacy and security. Other states consider similar measures.  
July 2018
Facebook
CR points out that FB’s iPhone app pushes users to reveal more personal data than they intend, prompting the company to fix the bug.
July 2018
Facebook
CR points out that FB’s iPhone app pushes users to reveal more personal data than they intend, prompting the company to fix the bug.
August 2018
Peer-to-Peer Payment App Ratings
CR publishes the first-ever test-based ratings of P2P mobile services such as Apple Pay, Cash App, and Venmo, focusing on data privacy and security.
August 2018
Peer-to-Peer Payment App Ratings
CR publishes the first-ever test-based ratings of P2P mobile services such as Apple Pay, Cash App, and Venmo, focusing on data privacy and security.
October 2018
Samsung TVs
CR finds that Samsung smart TVs let hackers easily change channels, turn up the volume, and even play unwanted YouTube videos over the web. Samsung eliminates the vulnerability.
October 2018
Samsung TVs
CR finds that Samsung smart TVs let hackers easily change channels, turn up the volume, and even play unwanted YouTube videos over the web. Samsung eliminates the vulnerability.
June 2019
Digital Lab
CR launches a new Digital Lab to focus on internet-connected products and consumers’ rights in the digital era.
June 2019
Digital Lab
CR launches a new Digital Lab to focus on internet-connected products and consumers’ rights in the digital era.
Let’s make data privacy a standard, not an option
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