Sphero BB-8 Robot
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Sphero BB-8 Robot

“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.

Our Research

How to use this guide

Can it spy on me

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

What does it know about me

Product uses encryption
Can't determine
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.”

Reading level for privacy policy

High school

Shares your information with 3rd parties for unexpected reasons
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
Not required
Automatic security updates
Deletes data it stores on you
Has parental controls
Can't determine

Company shows it cares about its customers

Company manages security vulnerabilities
Company makes it easy to contact customer support
Phone Number (888) 977-43769
Live Chat No
Email Yes
Twitter Yes

😮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.


Assessment of the Privacy and Security of Smart Toys Marketed to Children
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We assessed the privacy and security of six different toys and devices marketed to children. We were able to compromise all of these devices and found critical vulnerabilities that could impact the security or safety of a child in five of these devices

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