iRobot Roomba i Series
Review date: 11/02/2020
Let’s face it, vacuuming sucks. Throw in some pets or kids and this Sisyphean task can drain your soul. Well, hello Roomba! This robot vacuum does the work for you. The i Series is the lower end version of the Roomba vacuum. It will map your house, can tell the kitchen from the dinner room, and will vacuum with a "Hey Google, clean up under the table" voice command. A truly wonderful invention. Just don't watch any of those videos where they smear poop all over the floor.
What could happen if something goes wrong
A few years back iRobot got into a bit of hot water because it appeared they were mapping users' homes with their Roomba robot vacuum cleaners with potential plans to sell that data. Since then, iRobot has stepped up and made it a point to show they don't sell users' personal data about their lives or homes. And you can choose to not have map data transmitted to iRobot at all. This is very good. Now it seems the biggest thing you have to worry about with your Roomba is it rolling through dog poo on the floor and creating a huge mess.
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?
Data is encrypted in transit and at rest. The Roomba communicates with the iRobot cloud service using robust encryption. Cleaning Area map data is encrypted and stored in iRobot's cloud infrastructure. Robot information is stored separately from any customer information to de-identify the robot and its associated data from its owner.
The Roomba is notified of security updates when connected to the internet.
iRobot runs a private bug bounty program, which means that anyone who finds a security issue and discloses it responsibly may get paid. They also hold hacking events to collaborate with the broad security research community.
iRobot has several privacy pages explaining its approach to privacy in simple language. It has Roomba-speciific FAQs and information available.
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?
Scholarly articles are available about the machine learning used to help Roombas navigate a room and to make recommended cleaning schedules.