Philips Hue Smart Light Kit this product meets our minimum security standards
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Philips Hue Smart Light Kit

Lights that dance with your music, jump with your movies, or pound with your videos games — maybe this isn't tech that will save the world. But lights that can gradually get brighter in the morning to help you wake up or glow softly for reading do sound like a better way to light up your life. Toss in the ability to set timers and control with your voice when paired with a home hub and things could be looking a little brighter.

Can it spy on me

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

What does it know about me

Product uses encryption
Yes
The company emailed us and let us know they rolled out local HTTPs encryption support in May, 2018. We have updated the guide to reflect this.

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
No
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
Yes
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 (800) 555-0050
Live Chat No
Email Yes
Twitter Yes

What could happen if something went wrong

There seem to have been documented hacks of these devices in the past, but Philips Hue has recently updated its encryption in May 2018. Here's hoping no one hacks your smart lights and leaves you in the dark.

Updates

Hijacking Philips Hue
Pen Test Partners
The security model of the Hue control system is dependent on the user having a strong Wi-Fi key. This is a known issue: it seems that Philips are well aware of it.

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