iRobot Roomba s Series
Review date: 11/02/2020
If you really hate to vacuum and have money to spare, the higher end version of the Roomba vacuum--the s Series--is for your. It uses intelligent navigation to bebop around you house picking up dirt. sets seasonal cleaning recommendations so you can make sure to get all that pollen gone in spring, and has 40x the suction power of the lower end Roomba. Plunk down a thousand dollars, sit back and enjoy going, "Alexa, clean up the dirt I just tracked into the kitchen." Worth every penny!
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 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-specific 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.