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Photos: 25 bad tech gifts to avoid giving this holiday season

Facebook Portal

Facebook's video chat smartscreen, Portal, may seem like a great gift idea at first glance, but hesitation comes to mind when you think of who is getting camera and microphone access to your home: Facebook.

Facebook has been pushing the Portal's privacy features hard, though Facebook's record on user privacy is abysmal, with hacks of millions of accounts and illicit data harvesting seemingly becoming the norm.

Gift the Portal at your own risk. For starters, it's only available to preorder right now, and if you care about your loved one's privacy, it might be better to go with a non-Facebook video calling product, like the Echo Show, instead.

SEE: Facebook Portal and Portal+ video calling devices: Should you buy them? (ZDNet) | Facebook Portal vs. Google Home Hub vs. Amazon Echo Show (CNET)

Note: This gallery was previously published on Nov. 10, 2017 and updated on Nov. 8, 2018.

Image: Facebook

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