Furbo Dog Camera with Dog Nanny

Furbo Dog Camera with Dog Nanny

Tomofun Co. Ltd
Wi-Fi Bluetooth

Review date: Nov. 8, 2021

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Mozilla says

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People voted: Super creepy

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).

When it comes to Furbo’s privacy, we’re a little more concerned. Furbo doesn’t sell your personal information, which is good. However, Furbo’s privacy policy clearly states that when you set up your Furbo dog cam, they can “collect any audio, video or pictures you create, upload, save or share” and they may also “ collect video and audit information of individuals when they pass in front of the camera or speak when the Furbo Dog Camera is on.” All of that seems a bit concerning. Who is doing the auditing? And how are they processing these videos and recordings of you?

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

mobile Privacy warning Security 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?

What data does the company collect?

How does the company use this data?

Tomofun does not currently sell your Personal Information. They do collect geolocation data. And their privacy policy says, "When you set up the Furbo Dog Camera, we collect any audio, video or pictures you create, upload, save or share through our Services .... We may also collect video and audit information of individuals when they pass in front of the camera or speak when the Furbo Dog Camera is on."

Tomofun collects information about your publicly available social media profiles and any information obtained about your preferences and interests from third-party marketing partners.

Tomofun may disclose your personal information to third parties for marketing purposes.

How can you control your data?

Tomofun provides clear retention rights for all categories of data collected. They store your marketing contact information for as long as you are still subscribed.

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

Average

A couple of small security vulnerabilities were reported in the Furbo pet cams.

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

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Strong password

Yes

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Privacy policy

Yes

Does the product use AI? information

Yes

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?

Can’t Determine

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?

Can’t Determine

Does the user have control over the AI features?

Can’t Determine


News

Spying on the Dog (or Cat)
The New York Times
Do you really want to know what your pets are doing while you’re away?

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