Samsung Galaxy Buds Live
Review date: 11/02/2020
As a kid you were told it was a bad idea to stick beans in your ears. Today, you can spend $170 to pop some high-tech beans in your ears! These wireless earbuds from Samsung look like shiny beans and come in red, bronze, white, or black. The have the standard wireless headphone features -- active noise cancelling, high quality audio, a charging case, and Bluetooth connection to your phone or computer. All sounds fine and dandy, but how comfortable is it to walk around with beans in your ear all day?
What could happen if something goes wrong
These headphones come with a voice assistant name Bixby that will listen for your voice commands. Samsung says they may use your interactions with Bixby to learn more about you and then target you with adds or share this data with others who may use it to target you. That means it's possible you could ask Bixby to play lots of sappy, love songs over and over. Marketers could use this information to target you with ads for very expensive engagement rings. Love sick you spends way too much money on a ring for your significant other and you get turned down leaving your poor and heart broken. OK, this is probably not likely, but also not impossible in our digital ad economy.
Can it snoop on me?
What is required to sign up?
Third party account
What data does it collect?
Name, email, phone number, date of birth, gender
How does it use this data?
How can you control your data?
What is the company’s known track record for protecting users’ data?
In February, 2020, Samsung had a data breach on it UK customer account pages, effecting less than 150 people.
Can this product be used offline?
User friendly privacy information?
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
Uses encryption in transit and at rest.
Samsung has a bug bounty program, which means that anyone who finds a security issue and discloses it responsibly may get paid. https://security.samsungmobile.com/rewardsProgram.smsb
Samsung has a page highlighting it's privacy principles