Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum
Review date: 10/23/2019
Let’s face it, vacuuming sucks. Throw in some pets or kids and this Sisyphean task can drain your soul. Well, hello Roomba! This series of iRobot vacuums does the work for you, as long your house is stair free. The higher end version of the Roomba vacuum map your house and can tell the kitchen from the dinner room and will vacuum each when you want it to. All but the lowest end version will show you a coverage map of your home so you can know where the little vacuum cleaned and for how long. And all of these vacuums use intelligent navigation to bebop around you house picking up dirt. A truly wonderful invention. Just don't watch any of those videos where they smear poop all over the floor.
What could happen if something goes 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.
Can it snoop on me?
What is required to sign up?
Third party account
What data does it collect?
How does it use this data?
How can you control your data?
What is the company’s known track record for protecting users’ data?
Can this product be used offline?
User friendly privacy information?
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
Data is encrypted in transit and at rest. The Roomba communicates with the iRobot cloud service using robust encryption.
Do you have to create a strong password?
The Roomba is notified of security updates when connected to the internet.
iRobot runs a private bug bounty program, which means that anyone who finds a security issue and discloses it responsibly may get paid. They also hold hacking events to collaborate with the broad security research community.