Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum
Review Date 10/23/19
Can it snoop on me?
How does it handle privacy?
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.