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Consumer Reports Tackles Privacy Issues With New Digital Lab

The nonprofit consumer group is expanding its efforts in the data privacy realm

In the internet-of-things era, where everything from your car to your refrigerator may be scooping up data about you, the nation’s best-known consumer watchdog organization is turning its lens on digital privacy.

Consumer Reports, formerly known as Consumers Union, announced last week that it will launch a new Digital Lab, which will test and report on the ways that products and services manage consumer data. Consumer Reports President and CEO Marta Tellado said the initiative is intended to shed light on big questions about data privacy and security in the digital age.

“Our digital testing has already showed how products and services we use every day can expose us to many new and potential harms,” Tellado said, acccording to a blog post announcing the plan. “Consumer Reports’ new Digital Lab will reveal precisely how and where our rights are undermined by the unchecked influence of technology.”

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