Andrew Hilts

Harmonized Histories? A year of fragmented censorship across Chinese live streaming applications

In this report, we reverse engineer three popular live streaming platforms (YY, Sina Show, and 9158) and find keyword lists used to censor chat messages. Tracking changes to the keyword lists over the past year gives an inside look into how these applications implement censorship

Andrew Hilts in Globe and Mail on fitness tracker report

Citizen Lab Research Fellow Andrew Hilts was interviewed by the Globe and Mail regarding Access My Info’s fitness tracker report, titled “Every Step You Fake,” in which the privacy and security safeguards of eight popular wearable fitness tracker devices was studied.

Access My Info Canada now include fitness trackers, dating apps

Access My Info (AMI), a web tool used to submit disclosure requests to companies on the data they collect and share with third parties about their customers, has now been expanded to submit disclosure requests to fitness tracker companies and dating applications.

Access My Info launched in Hong Kong

Access My Info (AMI), a web tool used to submit disclosure requests to telecommunications providers on the data they collect and share with third parties about their customers, launched in Hong Kong.

Every Step You Fake: Final Report released

Citizen Lab research partner Open Effect today announced the release of the full report detailing our year-long research collaboration into the privacy and security of wearable fitness tracking devices.

Andrew Hilts on fitness tracker privacy concerns

Citizen Lab Research Fellow and Executive Director of OpenEffect Andrew Hilts was interviewed by Fox8 News Cleveland regarding privacy concerns with popular fitness trackers, including Apple, Fitbit, and Basis. The findings were detailed in the report “Every Step You Fake: A Comparative Analysis of Fitness Tracker Privacy and Security.”

Citizen Lab and partners at RightsCon 2016

March 30-April 1 – San Francisco, California

Security and Privacy Issues in Several Leading Wearable Fitness Tracking Devices

A new report describing major security and privacy issues in several leading wearable fitness tracking devices and accompanying mobile applications. The research examined offerings by Apple, Basis, Fitbit, Garmin, Jawbone, Mio, Withings, and Xiaomi.

Every Step You Fake: A Comparative Analysis of Fitness Tracker Privacy and Security

This report describes major security and privacy issues in several leading wearable fitness tracking devices and accompanying mobile applications.

Andrew Hilts’ Open Effect receives funding from CIRA

Open Effect, a non-profit organization headed by Citizen Lab Research Fellow Andrew Hilts, received funding to further develop the Access My Info (AMI) tool from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), as part of its Community Investment Program.