Twitch is a video live streaming service that allows people to stream, view, and hang out in their community. People can listen to music broadcasts, creative content, and real life streams. Recently, Amazon acquired Twitch and it has continued to grow since.
Has there ever been a breach or data leak?
Date of last breach
This breach was not due to Twitch security, but rather the users using the same passwords for games and their Twitch account. Some 7.8 million stolen passwords from the game Town of Salem led to Twitch account hijacks. Twitch pushes users to set up the two-factor authentication and no longer just uses email addresses to log in.
Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?
Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?
Does it have parental controls?
Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?
Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?
Does it require you to create a strong password?
Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?
How Can It Snoop?
Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?
Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?
Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?
Does it require an email address to use?
Does it require a phone number to use?
Does it require an address (home or office) to use?
Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?
Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?
Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?
Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?
What Could Go Wrong?
Make sure parents are taking the right precautions if your children want to watch or stream. The content and chat may not be age approriate, so please be wary when your child is using Twitch. But overall, a very safe app to use.
How Does It Share Your Data?
Twitch does not share information with third parties. However, Amazon has acquired Twitch, and Amazon likes having information, so be wary.
- Safe community to watch whatever content you like.
- Easy to use.
- Watch the content your children are watching and make sure the content is family friendly.
Amazon recently acquired Twitch and notoriously collects a large amount of data on its users and uses it to target them with interest-based ads. Amazon was also included in a data breach that exposed information from several million European Amazon accounts. As a result, personal information seems to be at serious risk when provided to Amazon.