Artie 3000 Coding Robot
Educational Insights $62.99

Artie 3000 Coding Robot

Review Date 10/23/19

Artie is a little robot designed to help teach kids to code. It's marketed to parents and educators as an"award-winning coding robot." With built-in WiFi, a variety of coding apps, remote control, and even the ability to draw, Artie sounds pretty darn fun. It's got the STEM learning chops many parents are looking for. Unfortunately, the company never replied to our questions about Artie's privacy and security. And the only privacy policy we could find applies only to their website, not Artie or the app that controls Artie. All that makes it really hard to tell if Artie is a good bot or a bad bot.

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Overall Security Rating
0.5/5 star
Encryption
U
We were unable to determine if this device uses encryption.
Security updates
U
We were unable to determine whether this device receives regular security updates.
Strong password
N/A
The device pairs securely via a local WiFi hotspot, which does not require a password.
Manages vulnerabilities
U
We were unable to determine whether the company manages security vulnerabilities.
Privacy policy
No
Educational Insights has a privacy policy but it doesn't appear to apply to the device – only the company's website.

Can it snoop on me?

Camera
Device: No | App: N/A
Microphone
Device: No | App: N/A
Tracks Location
Device: No | App: N/A

How does it handle privacy?

How does it share data?
Unknown. The privacy policy applies only to the website, not to the Artie device or app specifically. Educational Insights claimed in an email to us that Artie 3000 does not collect data of any kind, as "there is only a one way transmission of data from the user to the product."
Can you delete your data?
Unknown
Parental controls?
Yes
User friendly privacy info?
No
Educational Insights doesn't have privacy information available about the device.
Links to privacy information
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What could happen if something went wrong

We want to love Artie and his code teaching abilities. Unfortunately, Artie raises some red flags for us. For a product with built-in WiFi, we were unable to tell if Artie encrypts the data it sends between your computer and Artie and the app that controls Artie. Also, Artie seems to function as an open WiFi hotspot, no password required. These questions raise the concern that Artie could be hacked and any data sent over Artie's WiFi could be open to anyone. These are not the lessons we think young coders should be learning

How to contact the company

Phone Number 800-995-4436
Live Chat None
Twitter None