iRobot Roomba i Series

iRobot Roomba i Series

Review date: 11/02/2020

Let’s face it, vacuuming sucks. Throw in some pets or kids and this Sisyphean task can drain your soul. Well, hello Roomba! This robot vacuum does the work for you. The i Series is the lower end version of the Roomba vacuum. It will map your house, can tell the kitchen from the dinner room, and will vacuum with a "Hey Google, clean up under the table" voice command. A truly wonderful invention. Just don't watch any of those videos where they smear poop all over the floor.

What could happen if something goes wrong

A few years back iRobot got into a bit of hot water because it appeared they were mapping users' homes with their Roomba robot vacuum cleaners with potential plans to sell that data. Since then, iRobot has stepped up and made it a point to show they don't sell users' personal data about their lives or homes. And you can choose to not have map data transmitted to iRobot at all. This is very good. Now it seems the biggest thing you have to worry about with your Roomba is it rolling through dog poo on the floor and creating a huge mess.

Privacy

Can it snoop on me?

Camera

Device: Yes

App: No

Microphone

Device: No

App: No

Tracks Location

Device: No

App: Yes

What is required to sign up?

What data does it collect?

How can you control your data?

You can choose not to have map data transmitted to iRobot. You can request that your 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?

Yes

User friendly privacy information?

Yes

Links to privacy information

Security

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?

Yes

Data is encrypted in transit and at rest. The Roomba communicates with the iRobot cloud service using robust encryption. Cleaning Area map data is encrypted and stored in iRobot's cloud infrastructure. Robot information is stored separately from any customer information to de-identify the robot and its associated data from its owner.

Encryption

Yes

Data is encrypted in transit and at rest. The Roomba communicates with the iRobot cloud service using robust encryption. Cleaning Area map data is encrypted and stored in iRobot's cloud infrastructure. Robot information is stored separately from any customer information to de-identify the robot and its associated data from its owner.

Strong password

Yes

Security updates

Yes

The Roomba is notified of security updates when connected to the internet.

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

iRobot runs a private bug bounty program, which means that anyone who finds a security issue and discloses it responsibly may get paid. They also hold hacking events to collaborate with the broad security research community.

Privacy policy

Yes

iRobot has several privacy pages explaining its approach to privacy in simple language. It has Roomba-speciific FAQs and information available.

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

Yes

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

No

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

Yes

Scholarly articles are available about the machine learning used to help Roombas navigate a room and to make recommended cleaning schedules.

Company contact info