Consumer Reports to Review Products for Cybersecurity and Privacy

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Consumer Reports is often known for their reviews of a variety of items, including new cars, digital cameras, and kitchen appliances.  The non-profit organization provides evidence-based product testing and ratings and will soon be considering cybersecurity and privacy standards into its review methodology.


According to Reuters, Consumer Reports has collaborated with other organizations to develop ways for studying “how easily a product can be hacked and how well customer data is secured.”  The new review methodology will be gradually rolled out, starting with a few products.

Consumer Reports along with three other involved organizations have laid out their security and privacy criteria on a website called The Digital Standard. Representative from all four companies discussed the efforts at a panel during the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas earlier this month.