Google Chromecast
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Google Chromecast

"Hey Google!" That will become your new favorite saying if you go the route of the Chromecast. This little dongle--available in regular, audio-only and ultra for the HDR option--lets you stream what you're watching or listening to on your phone or tablet to your TV. It works with Google Home devices too. So just shout, "Hey Google, play Stranger Things." and off it goes, streaming that from your phone to your TV, no remote needed.

Can it spy on me

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

What does it know about me

Product uses encryption
No
This product doesn't use encryption by default. It relies on your home Wi-Fi network (or whatever network you are using the device on) to encrypt.

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
Your Wi-Fi network should be set up for a password. You'll use that when you connect this device to your Wi-Fi. Strong passwords are your friend.
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 (844) 400-2278
Live Chat Yes
Email No
Twitter Yes

What could happen if something went wrong

You use this to stream on an open Wi-Fi network and people with a little technical ability could see what you are streaming and when.

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