iRobot, the maker of the popular Roomba robot vacuum cleaners, also makes a coding robot for kids six and up! Who knew? Their Root robot kits—they have two—let's kids learn to code by programming the robots to drive, turn, draw, light-up, play music, express itself, and more. These kits are good for multiple coding skill levels—from coding with graphical blocks to actually using full-text code. It's very cool to see iRobot—a company we like because they seem to take protecting their users' privacy seriously—make these learning robots for kids.
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. This is very good.
Tips to protect yourself
- Keep your WiFi network password protected with a strong password.
What can be used to sign up?
What data does the company collect?
Guardian's name, email, phone number. The Service is not directed to persons under 16 and iRobot do not intentionally collect or maintain information from persons under 16.
How does the company use this data?
How can you control your data?
What is the company’s known track record of protecting users’ data?
No known incidents in the last 3 years.
Can this product be used offline?
User-friendly privacy information?
iRobot has several privacy pages explaining its approach to privacy in simple language.
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
Your Roomba May Be Mapping Your Home, Collecting Data That Could Be SharedNew York Times
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