Arlo Video Doorbell
Review date: Nov. 8, 2021
If you're one of those people who run and hide in the closet when a stranger knocks on your door, these video doorbells from Arlo (or any video doorbell, really) are for you! There's a wired one and a slightly more expensive wireless battery powered one. Check the HD video with night vision and 180 degree viewing angle to see if there's a crazy guy with a hatchet at your front door. If there is, use the two-way audio to let him know you've called the cops. Get a phone alert when the motion sensor trips as he creeps around again. Then blast the built-in siren on the doorbell from your phone to scare hatchet guy away for good. Just one real-world scenario of how things could go down if you own the Arlo Video Doorbell.
What could happen if something goes wrong?
While Arlo does seem to take your privacy seriously, and hopefully they do as much work behind the scenes as they do with their PR around that, these are still video cams that record video to the Cloud on the internet, so be careful. Arlo does collect a bit of your personal information — standard things like name, email, and product usage data. This is of no great concern to us. They do say that if you access your Arlo account with a Facebook login, they might collect more personal information. Facebook also might collect more personal information on you too. Please don’t access your accounts with your Facebook login people, it’s just not a smart privacy decision.
Tips to protect yourself
- Enable two-factor authentification
- Check Arlo FAQ for security tips
What can be used to sign up?
What data does the company collect?
Name, email, phone number, address
How does the company use this data?
How can you control your data?
What is the company’s known track record of protecting users’ data?
No known incidents in the last 3 years.
Can this product be used offline?
User-friendly privacy information?
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
2-step verification is required.
Arlo has a bug bounty program, which means that anyone who finds a security issue and discloses it responsibly may get paid. https://bugcrowd.com/arlo
Is this AI untrustworthy?
What kind of decisions does the AI make about you or for you?
Arlo doorbells alert you when important motion is detected and filter out everyday movement. With the Arlo Person Detection feature, you receive real-time alerts when people approach your home.
Is the company transparent about how the AI works?
Does the user have control over the AI features?
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