Nintendo Switch this product meets our minimum security standards
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Nintendo Switch

Review Date 10/23/19

Super Mario. The Legend of Zelda. Need we say more? Two of the greatest video game superstars of all time live here on the Nintendo Switch and the new Nintendo Switch Lite. Good guy Nintendo also puts a lot of emphasis on easy-to-use parental controls. Dear Santa, we've been really good this year.

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Encryption
Yes
Uses encryption in transit and at rest.
Security updates
Yes
Does it get regular software/firmware updates?
Strong password
Yes
Do you have to create a strong password?
Manages vulnerabilities
Yes
Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?
Privacy policy
Yes
Does it have a privacy policy?

Can it snoop on me?

Camera
Device: Yes | App: N/A
Microphone
Device: No | App: N/A
Tracks Location
Device: Yes | App: N/A

How does it handle privacy?

How does it share data?
Nintendo says it does not share your Switch data with third parties for commercial or marketing purposes. When you play games offered through other companies on the platform, you may share your data with those third parties.
Can you delete your data?
Yes
Parental controls?
Yes
User friendly privacy info?
Yes
Nintendo's privacy policy is written in fairly simple language.
Links to privacy information
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What could happen if something went wrong

Not a whole lot. Nintendo does a good job with privacy, security, and parental controls. Just be aware that while Nintendo doesn't share your data with third parties, some of the games you play on the Switch made by other companies might be collecting and sharing your data.

How to contact the company

Updates

The Nintendo Switch Camera: Where It Is and How Does It Work?
Lifewire
While you won’t notice a camera lens on the front or back of the actual Nintendo Switch console, there is one — or two! — lurking on the Joycon controllers. Each motion-sensing controller includes an infrared (IR) camera at the bottom. It doesn’t look like a camera, again it's not a traditional lens, but you’ll notice it from the black spots located at the bottom.
How to Boost Your Game Console’s Security
Lifehacker
No matter your game console, you need to add a passcode and two-factor authentication. You can do it either through your Web browser or on the console itself. Sorry, but you’re out of excuses of why you haven’t secured your account from people looking to steal your personal information.

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