Ecovacs Deebot

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Ecovacs Deebot

Ecovacs
Wi-Fi

Review date: Nov. 8, 2021

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People voted: Super creepy

Ecovacs offers a whole bunch of Deebot robot vacuum cleaner options. From the low-end Deebot 500 for everyday cleaning to the high-end Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI that comes with a HD camera for “live on-demand home monitoring,” these robot vacuum cleaners also mop and work with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Yay, a robot vacuum cleaner with a built-in HD camera you can use to chase your cat around and record them being terrified. Poor kitty.

What could happen if something goes wrong?

Ecovacs Deebot robot vacuums can come with a built-in HD camera, microphones, and room-mapping sensors and LiDAR lasers. Cameras on robot vacuums raise some obvious security concerns like getting hacked and used to spy on you in your own home. And researchers found that LiDAR robot vacuums can be hacked and used to spy on voice conversations, even without a microphone. Lots of security concerns here for sure. Especially because we couldn’t confirm that Ecovacs allows users to set up two-factor authentication to help protect their devices or if they have a way to manage security vulnerabilities.

From a privacy standpoint, we have even more concerns about Ecovac. They say they can disclose personal information to third parties for purposes such as marketing. They also say they may sell users’ personal information if they don’t opt-out. Forcing users to opt-out of, rather than opt-into selling of personal data is not ideal.

What’s the worst that could happen with Ecovacs’ Deebot line of robot vacuums? We worry a good bit. While the live-streaming HD camera that can move around your house to keep an eye on things may sound handy, it could also be hacked and used to move around your house to spy on you. Fortunately, Ecovacs has protected their robot vacuum with the HD camera with very strong encryption which is hard to hack and the app is password-protected. So hopefully your little roving robot won't ever get hacked and spy on your ankles.

Tips to protect yourself

  • Limit your robot vacuum's data sharing
  • Use strong passwords
  • Keep your robot vacuum's firmware updated
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Can it snoop on me? information

Camera

Device: Yes

App: No

Microphone

Device: Yes

App: No

Tracks location

Device: Can’t Determine

App: Yes

What can be used to sign up?

What data does the company collect?

How does the company use this data?

Ecovacs may share your personal information with third parties, including other marketers, for marketing communications. Ecovacs may sell personal information if you do not opt out.

How can you control your data?

Ecovacs will retain usage Information for internal analysis purposes.

Whenever possible, you can update your personal Information directly within your account settings section. Ecovac says that in certain circumstances you have the right to request the deletion of Personal Information held about you, but those circumstances are never mentioned in the policy.

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

Average

No known incidents in the last 3 years.

Can this product be used offline?

Yes

User-friendly privacy information?

No

Links to privacy information

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards? information

No

Encryption

Yes

AES encryption which is strong

Strong password

Yes

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

No

Ecovacs doesn't have a program for security researchers to report bugs or vulnerabilities according to Consumer Reports.

Privacy policy

Yes

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?

Visual detection to recognize objects. Navigation and mapping capabilities according this blog post.

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

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI hands-on: Multi-purpose cleaning and mopping robot with video surveillance feature
ZD Net
The Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI is a floor-sweeping and mopping robot that has every feature you could need in a multi-purpose robot -- and a video and microphone that can scan your home whilst you are away.
Is Your Robotic Vacuum Sharing Data About You?
Consumer Reports
CR tests models from iRobot, LG, Samsung, Shark, and others to see whether these robovacs keep your data secure and private
Should you be worried about cameras in robot vacuums?
Digital Trends
Previously, cameras were used to map out rooms for improved cleaning efficiency, but they’re increasingly being used for much more.
Robot vacuums have a lot of dirt on you. Is yours sharing data?
Komando.com
A new report highlights how much data robotic vacuums actually share about you, and if you’re using one to keep your home tidy, you need to know the details.

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