Streaming services: privacy and security

The spread of streaming opens up new privacy and security issues. That the numbers of streaming, in Italy and in the world, are constantly growing, is certainly not news for anyone. From the first, timid steps taken by Netflix in 2010 to today, the audience of services and products offered practically in every corner of the world is incredible.

From the cheetah documentary to that trendy costume TV series, it's impossible not to find something that can keep us glued to the screen for hours.

Is my data protected?

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Do streaming services adequately protect our personal data?

Although each of us is now subscribed to one or more of these services, the increase in the number of networks offering their service is undeniable. We register everywhere, curious to see that or that exclusive but… do streaming services work safely, protecting our privacy?

In 2016 the European Union issued the General Regulation for the Protection of Personal Data (GDPR), which came into force in 2018 with the aim of protecting the security of all users who use the Internet. Obviously, even the streaming video providers have had to comply with the legislation in order not to incur hefty fines. However, according to Noyb, a body founded by Max Schrems, an Austrian lawyer and activist who has been working for years to combat the violation of privacy, this is not always the case.

According to Schrems and his team, the so-called "right of access" enshrined in the GDPR itself in article 15, is not guaranteed by any of the streaming services taken into consideration (from the already named Netflix to DAZN , passing through YouTube and Spotify). What does it mean? It means that the right to obtain a copy of the data that the provider holds is not always respected. Although many services claim to have the ability to provide this data through automated systems, these often do not work or the request is ignored.

Online streaming: are privacy and security respected?

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Online streaming is safe if done paying the right attention to the seriousness of the site we rely on.

Of course there is streaming and streaming. The great expansion of the market has undoubtedly helped to reduce the scourge of online piracy, with cost-effective paid services that offer a quick and secure view.

The law in this sense is very clear: if you are watching something for free that you should pay for, then streaming is illegal. In this case, the risks are the most disparate and can have objective legal repercussions on you as well. In addition, the device you are using can be involved with dangerous pop-ups, fraud, hacking or viruses.

When instead you use services designed specifically for this, where you can find the latest season of your favorite series, or where to see the games in live streaming , this type of risk is not there. It therefore becomes not only a question of convenience, but also of security for your devices and for you.

In conclusion, online streaming is safe if done paying the right attention to the seriousness of the site we rely on. In fact, it is always good to make sure that our data is safe and that it is used only for the stated purposes. Using the Internet legally, both to watch a movie rather than to play slots, also protects our devices from possible viruses or other unwelcome problems, because it is offered by a serious and qualified provider.

The article Streaming Services: Privacy and Security comes from Tech CuE | Close-up Engineering .