Apple Airpods
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Apple Airpods

You know how Santa is famous for knowing if you've been bad or good? He's got nothing on Apple's wireless earbuds that are "always on and always connected." They know when they're in your ear, when you take them out, when you're talking--Hey Siri!--and when you're listening. They connect to your iPhone and your Apple Watch at the same time, so you can...get confused about which device is playing? These earbuds sound almost too smart for their own good. Either that, or they really are magical as Apple says.

Can it spy on me

Camera Device: No | App: No
Microphone Device: Yes | App: No
Location Tracking Device: No | App: No

What does it know about me

Product uses encryption
Yes

Reading level for privacy policy

College

Privacy policy reading level scores provided by the Usable Privacy Policy Project
Shares your information with 3rd parties for unexpected reasons
Yes
Nearly every company collects some kind of information on its users. That’s how the internet works. It’s how they use and care for this information that matters. You should know whether a company shares or sells your personal information to others and for what reasons. For the purpose of this report Mozilla determined that if according to a company’s privacy policy, it appeared to share data with third parties that could then use that information to market or advertise to customers, then we labeled it as “Shares information with third parties for unexpected reasons.” This does not mean your information is definitely used for these purposes. Simply that the policy leaves the possibility open your information could be used in this way.

Can I control it

If a password is required, you must change the default password
Not required
Automatic security updates
Yes
Deletes data it stores on you
Yes
Has parental controls
Can't determine

Company shows it cares about its customers

Company manages security vulnerabilities
Yes
Company makes it easy to contact customer support
Phone Number (800) 275–2273
Live Chat Yes
Email Yes
Twitter Yes

What could happen if something went wrong

Things that go in your ears that are always on, always connected, and always listening--seems like there's the possibility something could go wrong. Fortunately, Apple has a pretty good record when it comes to privacy and security.

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