HP Tango Printers
Review date: 11/02/2020
Looking for a smart, cloud-based printer that lets you print, scan, and copy from any device, anywhere? How about one that works with Alexa or Google Assistant for voice activated printing? How about a printer that will send you notifications to an app on your phone? Well, if you'd like all that in a printer, that's what the HP Tango will give you. Not sure about having a printer pinging with notifications all day long. And here's hoping that cloud-based, two-way network connection is secure so someone doesn't start printing the phone book (remember those?) on your printer because that would cost you some big bucks in ink.
What could happen if something goes wrong
These HP printers allow you to print locally over WiFi and also from the Cloud. With anything stored in the Cloud, you're counting on that Cloud storage to be safe and secure at all times. As we all know, hacks and data leaks happen. So if you're planning on printing super sensitive stuff, it's probably best to get a printer that just connects directly to your computer. HP does say they may share personal information with advertising partners for marketing purposes. It may also share data for debt collection if you have outstanding debt. That's a good bit of sharing of your data. Is there a whole lot that could go wrong with a WiFi connected, voice activated smart printer? It's possible the WiFi connection could become compromised and open your home WiFi up to others, but unlikely. And someone would have to be within about 30 feet to access things through Bluetooth, another thing pretty unlikely to happen. All in all, the worst thing you probably have to worry about is your neighbor connecting to your printer because your WiFi password is something lame like "123456" and printing off lots of pictures of cat memes when you're not home. Annoying yes, the end of the world, no.
Can it snoop on me?
What is required to sign up?
Third party account
What data does it collect?
Name, email, phone number, address
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?
Encryption in transit and at rest.
Each printer ships with a device unique password - with account lockout to prevent brute force attacks.
HP has a bug bounty program, which means that anyone who finds a security issue and discloses it responsibly may get paid. https://hackerone.com/hp?type=team
HP has a Privacy Central webpage that points to many other policies.
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?
HP uses AI for device predictive analytics and service maintenance.