Dogness iPet Robot

Warning: *privacy not included with this product

Dogness iPet Robot

Dogness $299
Wi-Fi

Review date: 11/02/2020

Want to play with your kitty but you're busy at work? Feeling guilty about going away for the weekend and leaving your dog for the pet sitter to look in on? Drop a few hundred bucks and get yourself this little roving robot pet toy. It's got wheels to move around and chase Fluffy, and HD video camera to record all the silly antics Fido gets into while you are gone, two-way audio to talk to your furry family member, a laser to flash all about, and the ability to toss treats to your furry friend with the click of a button in the app. The iPet Robot connects over WiFi and you better hope that is secure otherwise somebody could take over a rolling spybot in your own home and catch you, and your pet, doing all sort of things.

What could happen if something goes wrong

Uhm, yeah, this little dog robot comes with a night vision camera and a microphone and most definitely comes with *Privacy Not Included. We couldn't determine if the bot meets our Minimum Security Standards and it appears it doesn't encrypt your data. This is very bad. And the only privacy policy we found applied to the website, not the device, so we don't know what data its collecting on you or how it plans to use that information. Did we mention it's a little bot that rolls around your house with a night vision camera and microphone? Yeah, Dogness is creepy.

Privacy

Can it snoop on me?

Camera

Device: Yes

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: Yes

App: Yes

Tracks Location

Device: No

App: Yes

What is required to sign up?

Users can register with either phone number or email for registration

What data does it collect?

How does it use this data?

Dogness doesn't state what information is collected from the robot, or what they do with it. All of your photo and video data is stored on your phone and not in the cloud.

How can you control your data?

You can request that data be deleted.

What is the company’s known track record for protecting users’ data?

Needs Improvement

In March 2020, it was reported that Dogness left its ElasticSearch server, containing the usernames, emails, clear-text passwords, and session cookies of its users exposed. The unprotected information has lead to the complete exposure of it's production SQL database, application source code, and thecomplete takeover and control of it's pet feeding devices and associated accounts.

Can this product be used offline?

No

User friendly privacy information?

No

Links to privacy information

Security

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?

Unknown

Encryption

Unknown

Strong password

Unknown

Security updates

Unknown

Manages vulnerabilities

Unknown

Privacy policy

Yes

Main Privacy Policy and App privacy policy does not apply to robot or app.

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

Yes

Does the AI use your personal data to make decisions about you?

Unknown

Does the company allow users to see how the AI works?

Unknown

Company contact info

Phone Number

No

Live Chat

No

Twitter

No

Updates

Data Breach: Dogness IOT gets put in the Dog House
Darryl Burke
Pet focused IoT manufacturer Dogness, has left exposed it's unsecured ElasticSearch server, that contained the usernames, emails, clear-text passwords, and session cookies of it's users. The unprotected information has lead to the complete exposure of it's production SQL database, application source code, and the complete takeover and control of it's pet feeding devices and associated accounts.

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