Dogness iPet Robot

Warning: *privacy not included with this product

Dogness iPet Robot

Dogness
Wi-Fi

Review date: Nov. 2, 2020

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Mozilla says

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People voted: Super creepy
Want to play with your kitty but you're busy at work? Feeling guilty about going away for the weekend and leaving your dog for the pet sitter to look in on? Drop a few hundred bucks and get yourself this little roving robot pet toy. It's got wheels to move around and chase Fluffy, and HD video camera to record all the silly antics Fido gets into while you are gone, two-way audio to talk to your furry family member, a laser to flash all about, and the ability to toss treats to your furry friend with the click of a button in the app. The iPet Robot connects over WiFi and you better hope that is secure otherwise somebody could take over a rolling spybot in your own home and catch you, and your pet, doing all sort of things.

What could happen if something goes wrong?

Uhm, yeah, this little dog robot comes with a night vision camera and a microphone and most definitely comes with *Privacy Not Included. We couldn't determine if the bot meets our Minimum Security Standards and it appears it doesn't encrypt your data. This is very bad. And the only privacy policy we found applied to the website, not the device, so we don't know what data its collecting on you or how it plans to use that information. Did we mention it's a little bot that rolls around your house with a night vision camera and microphone? Yeah, Dogness is creepy.
mobile Privacy warning Security warning A.I.

Can it snoop on me? information

Camera

Device: Yes

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: Yes

App: Yes

Tracks location

Device: No

App: Yes

What can be used to sign up?

Users can register with either phone number or email for registration

What data does the company collect?

How does the company use this data?

Dogness doesn't state what information is collected from the robot, or what they do with it. All of your photo and video data is stored on your phone and not in the cloud.

How can you control your data?

You can request that data be deleted.

What is the company’s known track record of protecting users’ data?

Needs Improvement

In March 2020, it was reported that Dogness left its ElasticSearch server, containing the usernames, emails, clear-text passwords, and session cookies of its users exposed. The unprotected information has lead to the complete exposure of it's production SQL database, application source code, and thecomplete takeover and control of it's pet feeding devices and associated accounts.

Can this product be used offline?

No

User-friendly privacy information?

No

Links to privacy information

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards? information

Unknown

Encryption

Can’t Determine

Strong password

Can’t Determine

Security updates

Can’t Determine

Manages vulnerabilities

Can’t Determine

Privacy policy

Yes

Main Privacy Policy and App privacy policy does not apply to robot or app.

Does the product use AI? information

Yes

Is this AI untrustworthy?

Can’t Determine

What kind of decisions does the AI make about you or for you?

Is the company transparent about how the AI works?

Can’t Determine

Does the user have control over the AI features?

Can’t Determine


News

Data Breach: Dogness IOT gets put in the Dog House
Darryl Burke
Pet focused IoT manufacturer Dogness, has left exposed it's unsecured ElasticSearch server, that contained the usernames, emails, clear-text passwords, and session cookies of it's users. The unprotected information has lead to the complete exposure of it's production SQL database, application source code, and the complete takeover and control of it's pet feeding devices and associated accounts.

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