1. The Hollywood Reporter - Snooping on more than just celebrities
The Hollywood Reporter, along with parent company Prometheus Global Media, seems to care as little about online privacy as it does about offline. In their own words, you give them information “at your own risk.”
What’s more, they can store your information indefinitely and transfer it to any country, including those with the weakest data protection laws. See The Hollywood Reporter privacy rating.
When you shop at dickssportinggoods.com, you give the sporting goods giant permission to track and combine your online search history, physical location, and more.
Oh, and the cameras you see in-store? They may very well be used for preventing theft, but they are also used for collecting your demographic and personal information for marketing! See the Dick's Sporting Goods privacy rating.
4. O'Reilly - Why collect books when you can collect data?
As with your location data, O’Reilly gives no basis for collecting your sensitive information, leaving us to wonder why it’s collected in the first place. See the O'Reilly privacy rating.
Among things to note, Newsweek collects a great deal of personal information and shares it with third parties; passes your subscription payment information to third parties for processing and storage (meaning you agree to the third-party privacy policies), and can retain your data indefinitely.
European Union residents should also be aware that Newsweek may transfer and store their data to other countries in order to use it with less regulation. See the Newsweek privacy rating.
6. Kelley Blue Book - a 2015 fixer-upper
For a financial institution, Synchrony appears to take few precautions to secure sensitive personally identifiable information transmitted through their site, stating, “Please note that information you send to us electronically is not necessarily secure when it is transmitted to us.”
This places the burden on you, the consumer, to ensure the safety of your credit card and social security numbers when you apply for one of their private label credit cards or one of their other services. See the Synchrony privacy rating.
At the end of 2018, streaming service Hulu reported a nearly 50% annual increase in subscribers—up to 25 million in the United States. But watching is a two-way street with Hulu, even if you simply visit the site. While you’re busy sharing your login with friends, Hulu may very well be collecting and sharing massive amounts of your data (including location) with social networking sites, advertisers, business partners, and even companies not affiliated with Hulu.