Sphero Mini

Sphero Mini

Review date: Nov. 1, 2018

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Mozilla says

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People voted: Not creepy
This tiny little colorful robotic ball--about the size of a billiard ball--looks like the perfect toy to drive your cat bonkers. An app on your phone--or just your face--lets you roll this little ball all around the house, lights flashing. Your cat will LOVE it! So will your kids, probably.

What could happen if something goes wrong?

Security researchers found it wasn't hard to hack into and take control of Sphero robots. However, if someone did, there's not much they could do except maybe torment your cat.
mobile Privacy Security A.I.

Can it snoop on me? information

Camera

Device: No

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: No

App: Yes

Tracks location

Device: No

App: Yes

What can be used to sign up?

What data does the company collect?

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?

Average

Can this product be used offline?

Can’t Determine

User-friendly privacy information?

Yes

Links to privacy information

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards? information

Unknown

Encryption

Can’t Determine

We reached out to the company to ask if they used encryption in their device, as we did with every company in this guide. Here is their response: “Sphero is not interested in releasing any of these details you have requested.”

Strong password

Can’t Determine

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Privacy policy

Yes

Does the product use AI? information

Can’t Determine

Is this AI untrustworthy?

Can’t Determine

What kind of decisions does the AI make about you or for you?

Is the company transparent about how the AI works?

Can’t Determine

Does the user have control over the AI features?

Can’t Determine


News

Assessment of the Privacy and Security of Smart Toys Marketed to Children
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We assessed the privacy and security of six different toys and devices marketed to children. We were able to compromise all of these devices and found critical vulnerabilities that could impact the security or safety of a child in five of these devices

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