PetChatz HD

PetChatz HD

Review date: Oct. 23, 2019

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Mozilla says

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People voted: Super creepy
This product bills itself as a digital doggy daycare. It's got your two-way video chats and your treat dispenser and and a ringtone to let your dog know you are calling to check in. It's also got a scent diffuser for your pet's aromatherapy needs (seriously). And if you pay an extra subscription fee, it lets your dog watch DOGTV all day long. They say robots will replace us all. Doggy moms and dads are apparently now replaceable.

What could happen if something goes wrong?

While unlikely, it's possible some terrible person could hack in, diffuse your pet's aromatherapy scents in the middle of the night causing a sneezing fit which leads to insomnia which causes you to fall asleep at the wheel on your way to work the next morning and you wreck your car. Or, you know, they could just spy on you when you're naked.
mobile Privacy Security A.I.

Can it snoop on me? information

Camera

Device: Yes

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: Yes

App: Yes

Tracks location

Device: No

App: Yes

What can be used to sign up?

What data does the company collect?

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?

Average

Can this product be used offline?

Can’t Determine

User-friendly privacy information?

No

Links to privacy information

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards? information

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Yes, all server communication and video chats are encrypted.

Strong password

Yes

Users must create a user account where they choose a unique password. The device can be synced to only one user account.

Security updates

Yes

Does it get regular software/firmware updates?

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

PetChatz doesn't have an official bug bounty program, but it invites responsible disclosure of security bugs.

Privacy policy

Yes

PetChatz recently updated their privacy policy so that it applies to the device and not only to the company's website. They did this after we contacted them with our questions.

Does the product use AI? information

Can’t Determine

Is this AI untrustworthy?

Can’t Determine

What kind of decisions does the AI make about you or for you?

Is the company transparent about how the AI works?

Can’t Determine

Does the user have control over the AI features?

Can’t Determine


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