Google Pixel Buds
Google $159

Google Pixel Buds

What sets these wireless Bluetooth earbuds apart from all the others? It seems they can translate languages in real-time. Which sounds really handy if you're visiting Tokyo and don't speak Japanese. Given how Google Translate works though, probably wouldn't recommend betting your life on those translations. The headphones also come with built-in Google Assistant. So you can touch your ear, say "Hey Google, where is the nearest doggy daycare," and you're guaranteed to look odd in any language.

Can it spy on me

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

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 (844) 641-8386
Live Chat No
Email Yes
Twitter Yes

What could happen if something went wrong

Google could learn you keep asking for translation from Japanese to English and start targeting you with non-stop Rosetta Stone ads.

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