Sphero BB-8 Robot
Sphero $79.99

Sphero BB-8 Robot

Review Date 11/01/2018

“This is the droid you are looking for,” says the website. Impossible to argue with that. Who doesn't want a little BB-8 droid they can control with their phone via Bluetooth? Or send the little guy out to patrol on his own. It also comes with something called “holographic simulation” which seems very important to help the Resistance. Hopefully there is no Dark Side here.

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Overall Security Rating
3/5 star
We reached out to the company to ask if they used encryption in their device, as we did with every company in this guide. Here is their response: “Sphero is not interested in releasing any of these details you have requested.”
Security updates
Strong password
Manages vulnerabilities
Privacy policy

Can it snoop on me?

Device: No | App: Yes
Device: No | App: Yes
Tracks Location
Device: No | App: Yes

How does it handle privacy?

How does it share data?
May share or sell user data with advertisers and/or third party businesses.
Can you delete your data?
Parental controls?
Collects biometrics data?
User friendly privacy info?
Links to privacy information

What could happen if something went wrong

Security researchers found it wasn't hard to hack into and take control of Sphero robots. However, if someone did, there's not much they could do except maybe torment your cat.

How to contact the company

Phone Number (888) 977-43769
Live Chat No
Twitter sphero


Assessment of the Privacy and Security of Smart Toys Marketed to Children
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