Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum

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.

Privacy

Can it snoop on me?

Camera

Device: No

App: No

Microphone

Device: No

App: No

Tracks Location

Device: No

App: Yes

What is required to sign up?

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?

Average

Can this product be used offline?

Can’t determine

User friendly privacy information?

Yes

Links to privacy information

Security

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Data is encrypted in transit and at rest. The Roomba communicates with the iRobot cloud service using robust encryption.

Strong password

Yes

Do you have to create a strong password?

Security updates

Yes

The Roomba is notified of security updates when connected to the internet.

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

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.

Privacy policy

Yes

Does it have a privacy policy?

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

Can’t Determine

Does the AI use your personal data to make decisions about you?

Can’t Determine

Does the company allow users to see how the AI works?

Can’t Determine

Company contact info