Apple TV 4K
Review date: 11/02/2020
If money is no object, then Apple TV 4K could be right for you. It comes with all the bells and whistles -- that means things like 4K HDR with Dolby Atmos sound. You'll be able to streams from standards like Netflix and Disney+ and rent or buy movies as well. You'll also get a free one-year subscription to Apple TV+, Apple's own streaming service (it's $4.99 per month after the free year) so you can watch all that great original Apple content like, uh....well, I'm sure there's some original content they've made that's good. And if you like talking to Siri, just ask Siri to find you something good to watch, it just might not be original Apple content.
What could happen if something goes wrong
Apple does a pretty good job with privacy. They don't share or sell your viewing data with third-parties and Apple takes special care to make sure your Siri requests aren't associated with you. You could always forget to set up the passcode that limits purchase or viewing of certain content, so your niece and nephew end up buying all the Adam Sandler movies they can find, leaving you on the hook for the cost and explaining that one to their parents.
Can it snoop on me?
What is required to sign up?
Third party account
What data does it collect?
Name, email, phone number, address
Voice recordings, if you opt-in
How does it use this data?
How can you control your data?
What is the company’s known track record for protecting users’ data?
They actually changed their Siri voice recording review practices—from an opt out to an opt-in—when people told them they were unhappy having contractors listen to the recordings. Good for them!
Can this product be used offline?
WiFi connection is required to set it up.
User friendly privacy information?
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
Uses encryption in transit and at rest. After Apple recognizes the words “Hey Siri,” what you say is encrypted and associated with a random identifier without being tied to your Apple ID. Audio samples are only retained if you have opted-in.
Apple has a bug bounty program, which means that anyone who finds a security issue and discloses it responsibly may get paid. https://developer.apple.com/security-bounty/
Does the product use AI?
Does the AI use your personal data to make decisions about you?
Does the company allow users to see how the AI works?