Warning: *privacy not included with this product
Review date: Nov. 9, 2022
Wrist phones used to be the cool gadgets spies used to do spy stuff. Now they are the gadget parents use to do parent stuff. So, maybe not much has changed from the days of Maxwell Smart (ask your grandparents). This smartwatch for kids age 5 - 12 would have made the spies of the 1970s proud. It's go built-in GPS tracking, phone calling, texting, camera (but no video calling as some smart watches for kids have), fitness tracking, and emergency SOS alerts. Parents can use the app to set up safe zones where kids can go and safe contact lists of people they can call or receive calls from. Yay for being able to keep close tabs on your kids. Boo for teaching kids that this sort of all day, everywhere surveillance is a normal, good thing. Maybe we should rethink that lesson a bit? But how does the Spacetalk Adventurer do at protecting you and your kids' privacy? Well, they aren't the worst we've seen. They could be better though.
What could happen if something goes wrong?
This smartwatch designed for kids 5 - 12, along with the Spacetalk app, can collect a good deal of data on users (parents/guardians as well as kids). Spacetalk says they can collect everything from name, date of birth, gender, online identifiers, phone number, location, and (optionally) call recordings and pictures. This is a lot of personal information collected on you and, potentially, your child.
What’s the worst that could happen with this location tracking, camera and microphone carrying, step monitoring, messaging, cellular connected device designed to be strapped to your child’s wrist. Well, lots of things come to mind. Here’s hoping all that location data this product and app can collect on you and your child is well protected and never misused. We get why you want to know where your kid is 24/7 -- that gives you peace of mind. But having someone else you don’t want to know where you and/or your kid is 24/7 is creepy as heck. Please do keep an eye on this, as that location data could be harmful in the wrong hands.
One final consideration. We think there is a good question to be raised about teaching young children that the level of digital surveillance this smartwatch provides is OK. Maybe we should track kids a little bit less, and teach them constant surveillance isn’t exactly a good thing?
Tips to protect yourself
- Parents, keep a sharp eye on parent controls and permissions.
- Do not sign up with third-party accounts. Better just log in with email and strong password.
- Chose a strong password! You may use a password control tool like 1Password, KeePass etc
- Use your device privacy controls to limit access to your personal information via app (do not give access to your camera, microphone, images, location unless neccessary)
- Keep your app regularly updated
- Limit ad tracking via your device (eg on iPhone go to Privacy -> Advertising -> Limit ad tracking) and biggest ad networks (for Google, go to Google account and turn off ad personalization)
- Request your data be deleted once you stop using the app. Simply deleting an app from your device usually does not erase your personal data.
- When starting a sign-up, do not agree to tracking of your data if possible.
Can it snoop on me?
What can be used to sign up?
Parents and Guardians sign up and create a Spacetalk account using their Email, Phone number and Password.
What data does the company collect?
First name, last name, date of birth, gender, username, or similar identifier and title, billing address, email address and telephone numbers, location data
Weight, average activity levels, movement/physical ability, medical conditions, medication/prescriptions
How does the company use this data?
How can you control your data?
What is the company’s known track record of protecting users’ data?
No known data leaks or breaches discovered in the last three years.
Child Privacy Information
Can this product be used offline?
Time, Alarm Clock, Funny Sounds, Calendar, Album, Fitness, Timer, Calculator, Flashlight, Stopwatch can all be used when offline.
User-friendly privacy information?
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
Data is sent between Spacetalk Adventurer, Servers and Spacetalk apps is encrypted and sent using SSL and encrypted using AES ciphers.
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Spacetalk Privacy and Data SecurityYahoo! Money
Smartwatch Privacy for Kids During the Coronavirus PandemicCommon Sense
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