Ubtech Jimu Robot Kits

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Ubtech Jimu Robot Kits

Review date: 11/02/2020

Coding robots for kids are cool. These coding kits from Ubtech come in all shapes and sizes--from a dragon-shaped Firebot to a truck-shaped Overdrive bot, to our favorite, the Unicornbot complete with light-up horn. Whichever bot you choose, code it up to detect distance with sonar, navigate obstacles with IR sensors, program the lights to flash and the motor to rev up. These bots sounds like fun and learning for all ages.

What could happen if something goes wrong

As cool as these robot kits look, there are some red flags we see with them. First off, the app you use to control these robots accesses the camera, microphone, and tracks your location. This, by itself, isn't a deal breaker. Although, that is a lot of access to give to a device your kid will be playing with. The real issue we have is that the privacy policy we found for this product privacy applies only to the website, not to the Jimu device or app. So, a product that could potentially be collecting a lot of data on your kid as it plays with this toy has no privacy policy we found for how it uses, protects, or doesn't protec,t that data. Not good. So if your child is playing with the Unicornbot and the camera is on and records the kid playing, we have no idea how Ubtech handles those recordings.

Privacy

Can it snoop on me?

Camera

Device: No

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: No

App: Yes

Tracks Location

Device: No

App: Yes

What is required to sign up?

What data does it collect?

How does it use this data?

Unknown. The privacy policy applies only to the website, not to the Jimu device or app.

How can you control your data?

You can request that data be deleted.

What is the company’s known track record for protecting users’ data?

Average

No known incidents in the last 2 years.

Can this product be used offline?

No

User friendly privacy information?

No

Links to privacy information

Security

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?

No

Encryption

Unknown

Strong password

Unknown

You don't need to log in to use the app

Security updates

Unknown

Manages vulnerabilities

Unknown

We were unable to determine whether the company manages security vulnerabilities.

Privacy policy

No

Ubtech has a privacy policy but it doesn't appear to apply to the device – only the company's website.

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

No

Company contact info

Phone Number

800-276-6137

Twitter

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