Sphero BOLT Coding Robot
What could happen if something goes wrong?
You can probably feel pretty safe playing with your kids playing with the BOLT coding robot at home. However, if your youngster uses Sphero Edu in school, your child's data is shared with teachers and with parents. This data may include recorded video or audio content, and text content.. That's likely not that big of a deal. However, it is something to consider, as we're seeing school and educational settings become an area of growing concern for how they protect—or don't—children's data.
Sphero does have some questionable data sharing practices that seem a bit concerning to us. There are other coding toys out there that seem to do better on that front. But, the benefits of you kid having tons of fun coding a little disco ball are something to consider. What’s the worst that could go wrong? Your kid could learn how to code while the teachers in your school learn a fair amount about your kid. Not the worst thing ever, but something to consider.
What can be used to sign up?
What data does the company collect?
Name, age, gender, and username. Sphero limits the information they collect from children using their toys, and gives parents control over their children’s information.
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 incidents in the last 3 years. There was a report of a small security vulnerability in 2016.
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 where possible to ensure its safety.
The device pairs securely via Bluetooth, which does not require a password. Sphero Mini can be used with both Sphero Play (which has no user accounts and therefore no passwords) and Sphero Edu (which supports a variety of usage options ranging from no login up to integration with third party authentication services with their own password policies)
Sphero pushes automatic updates to its devices and verifies the code to ensure it's authentic.
Sphero has a bug bounty program, which means that anyone who finds a security issue and discloses it responsibly may get paid. The company also performs regular security audits.
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