Ecobee Smart Thermostats

Ecobee Smart Thermostats

Ecobee $169 - $249
Wi-Fi Bluetooth

Review date: 11/02/2020

Here's a smart thermostat that can basically do it all -- change the temperature, call your friends, play music, control other smart devices, and adapt to your routine. Ecobee's smart thermostat can also do smart thermostats things like adjust the temperature from your phone, use room sensors to manage hot and cold spots, and save energy with smart algorithms. It has Amazon Alexa built in, a way to control it with a flick of your Apple Watch clad wrist, and occupancy sensors so it knows which rooms are in use and which aren't. Is it possible for a thermostat to be too smart? If so, you can get the Ecobee3 Lite and make calls from, you know, your phone.

What could happen if something goes wrong

These smart thermostats knows which room you're in and if you ask Alexa a bunch of questions. There's nothing terrible about either of those things, just be aware that your thermostat could potentially know a lot about you. Ecobee treats privacy and security fairly well though. Anything voice request you make from Alexa through your smart thermostat (what a weird statement) will let Amazon know more about you, of course. But hey, Amazon probably knows way too much about you already.

Privacy

Can it snoop on me?

Camera

Device: No

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: Yes

App: Yes

Tracks Location

Device: Yes

App: Yes

What is required to sign up?

What data does it collect?

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?

Average

No known incidents in the last 2 years.

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?

Yes

All network traffic is encrypted.

Encryption

Yes

All network traffic is encrypted.

Strong password

Yes

A password is required for the web portal and mobile app.

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Ecobee runs a bug bounty program, which means that anyone who finds a security issue and discloses it responsibly may get paid. https://hackerone.com/ecobee

Privacy policy

Yes

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

Yes

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

Yes

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

Yes

Ecobee smart thermostats have a feature called eco+. It leverages AI to tailor temperature settings, transition to clean energy when available, and optimize cost savings. https://www.ecobee.com/en-us/eco-plus/

Company contact info

Updates

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