Furbo Dog Camera with Dog Nanny
Do you have separation anxiety with your pup? Do those sad eyes get you every time you leave the house? Maybe you just miss them when you're at work? Here's an option: Put an HD video camera with two-way audio, barking alert, and treat tossing ability in your home so you're never really away from your furry friend. Add in the Dog Nanny for a monthly subscription and you get 24-hour event-based cloud recording, alerts when your pup does something like take a selfie (not kidding), and a doggie diary. Is it creepy? Probably. Is your furry family member worth it? Most definitely!
What could happen if something goes wrong?
Pet cams are an interesting connected device. They bring all the HD camera, two-way microphone, Cloud recording and smart alerts into your home, just like security cameras made by companies like Amazon, Google, and Simplisafe do. The question is, do they do as much as those companies to secure your data? And what about your privacy? These are all great questions.
From what we can tell, Furbo hasn’t had any major security breaches, which is good. They do offer Cloud storage with their Dog Nanny service and say they encrypt this content. So, it seems like those cute recordings of your pup sleeping are about as safe as most things in the Cloud (which means they’re probably safe, but there are no guarantees).
We do know the company may disclose your personal information to third parties for marketing purposes. And Furbo also “collects information about your publicly available social media profiles and any information obtained about your preferences and interests from third-party marketing partners.”
All in all, it seems Furbo collects a whole lot of personal information on you and your pup and shares it with third parties. That’s a concern for sure. What’s the worst that could happen, other than videos of you naked, playing with your pup being used for who knows what purpose? Well, there’s also the possibility you and your abusive partner could break up, they still have the Furbo app on their phone and have access to the camera and microphone. They could use that to spy on you, know when you are home, and stalk you. This is true with all security cameras, not just Furbo. So please, always be careful when bringing a connected camera into your home.
Tips to protect yourself
What can be used to sign up?
What data does the company collect?
Legal name, postal address, e-mail address, daytime telephone number, facsimile number, location
Audio, video data
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?
Can this product be used offline?
User-friendly privacy information?
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
Furbo may use your video (observing the way you use and interact with the Furbo and your dog) to test and refine their artificial intelligence algorithms.
Is this AI untrustworthy?
What kind of decisions does the AI make about you or for you?
Pet recognition: with machine learning, Petcube devices will be able to differentiate between pets versus humans.
If you enable Alexa: voice recognition.
Is the company transparent about how the AI works?
Does the user have control over the AI features?
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