Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum this product meets our minimum security standards
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Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum

Review Date 10/23/19

Let’s face it, vacuuming sucks. Throw in some pets or kids and this Sisyphean task can drain your soul. Well, hello Roomba! This series of iRobot vacuums does the work for you, as long your house is stair free. The higher end version of the Roomba vacuum map your house and can tell the kitchen from the dinner room and will vacuum each when you want it to. All but the lowest end version will show you a coverage map of your home so you can know where the little vacuum cleaned and for how long. And all of these vacuums use intelligent navigation to bebop around you house picking up dirt. A truly wonderful invention. Just don't watch any of those videos where they smear poop all over the floor.
Minimum Security Standards
         
Encryption
Yes
Data is encrypted in transit and at rest. The Roomba communicates with the iRobot cloud service using robust encryption.
Security updates
Yes
The Roomba is notified of security updates when connected to the internet.
Strong password
Yes
Manages vulnerabilities
Yes
Runs private bug bounty programs and hacking events to collaborate with the broad security research community.
Privacy policy
Yes

Can it snoop on me?

Camera
Yes (device)
Microphone
Yes (device)
Tracks Location
Yes (device & app)

How does it handle privacy?

How does it share data?
No data is sold to third parties. No data will be shared with third parties without user consent. Clean Map Reports are not shared with third parties.
Can you delete your data?
Yes
User friendly privacy info?
Yes
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What could happen if something went wrong

IRobot's Roomba meets our Minimum Security Standards and as a company seems to take privacy and security seriously. The data it does send to the Cloud so it's accessible on the app--how long did it clean, how far did it go, did it encounter any error codes, is it functioning correctly--is encrypted. And the company says it doesn't send any of the maps the vacuum takes of your house for navigation to the Cloud, those stay on the robot. iRobot also says it doesn't share user data without user consent. It also holds hacking events to test its security, which is something generally above and beyond. Which is good because a few years ago iRobot got into hot water over the news they were using data collected from the Roomba to map out the rooms of your house, and were looking into how to share that data with other companies. They've since backtracked on this, but there is still some talk about sharing this sort of aggregated data anonymously.

How to contact the company

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