Sphero Mini
Sphero $49.99

Sphero Mini

This tiny little colorful robotic ball--about the size of a billiard ball--looks like the perfect toy to drive your cat bonkers. An app on your phone--or just your face--lets you roll this little ball all around the house, lights flashing. Your cat will LOVE it! So will your kids, probably.

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

Privacy policy reading level scores provided by the Usable Privacy Policy Project
Shares your information with 3rd parties for unexpected reasons
Yes
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
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 (888) 977-4376
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.

Updates

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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