Honeywell Home Smart Thermostats
Review date: 11/02/2020
Honeywell's line of smart thermostats include the T9 (not to be confused with the T800, that's the Terminator), the Round Smart, and the WiFi Smart Color thermostats. So if you want a square, round, or color changing smart thermostat that does all the things smart thermostats do--know when you are home or away and adjust the temp accordingly, let you adjust the temp of you home through an app while you're away at the beach, control your thermostat with you voice--here you go. Hopefully none them will try to kill you like the T800.
What could happen if something goes wrong
The biggest flag we see with these smart thermostats from Honeywell is that their parent company Resideo says it can share your personal information with third parties for marketing purposes. We suppose it's always possible the AI they use in their smart thermostats to learn when you are home or away and adjust the temperature accordingly could get hacked by a bad guy and he could learn when you are away, turn your heat all the way off in the winter, you pipes freeze, your house flood, and that stinks. But this seems highly unlikely.
Can it snoop on me?
What is required to sign up?
Third party account
What data does it collect?
Name, email address, zip code
How does it use this data?
How can you control your data?
What is the company’s known track record for protecting users’ data?
No known incidents in the last 2 years.
Can this product be used offline?
User friendly privacy information?
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
All data sent to and from the cloud is encrypted
Resideo encourages coordinated disclosure of security vulnerabilities. Resideo also runs a bug bounty program, which means that anyone who finds a security issues and discloses it responsibly may get paid. https://www.resideo.com/us/en/responsible-disclosure/vulnerability-report/
Does the product use AI?
Does the AI use your personal data to make decisions about you?
Does the company allow users to see how the AI works?
The AI built into the apps and devices does things like change your settings depending on if you are home or away based on when you cross your geofence boundary. Honeywell is also working on AI solutions for industrial building operators.