Houseparty

Advertencia: *privacidad no incluida con este producto

Houseparty

Epic Games
Wifi

Fecha de la reseña: 8 de Septiembre de 2021

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Houseparty took off in popularity around the start of the pandemic in 2020. However, owner Epic Games recently announced the app would be shut down in October 2021, making it a short-lived, flash-in-the-pan pandemic success, now going defunct. Houseparty is designed for hanging out with friends, playing games, integrating with Snapchat, and live streaming Fortnite. The app lets you have up to eight people in a video call room at once and users can have as many rooms open as they like. And just like at a regular house party, you can float from room to room easily. You can even "sneak" into Houseparty without your contacts knowing. The Houseparty app works on Android, iOS, Mac, and as a Google Chrome extension (sorry, no Firefox or Safari support).

¿Qué podría pasar si algo falla?

Oh Houseparty, you're not really a privacy-focused app, at all. Houseparty earns our *Privacy Not Included ding because we were able to use a weak password of ‘12345’ to access the app. We noted this in our review last year and they've made no changes to strengthen their password requirement since then. Houseparty has an easy to read, and worryingly vague, privacy policy where it lays out how it collects and shares a whole lot of personal information on its users. Houseparty uses tracking tools to collect data through the social media or gaming platforms you might connect. The company says they don't sell your data, but they do share it with third-parties and with their parent company, Epic Games. This data can then be used for marketing. Users aren’t able to limit much data collection, and they note that blocking cookies may stop the Chrome extension from working properly. Also, there are few protections to stop people from crashing your party. If you don't lock your party, people you don't know can join. Even if you do lock it, anyone else in the room can unlock it or invite their friends in, which could open the door for creeps and weirdos to come in the room and harrass you. We recommend users create a 'private party' or at least turn on the 'stranger danger' feature which warns users in a room that a “stranger”, or a friend of a friend, has joined the party.

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¿Me puede espiar? Información

Cámara

Dispositivo: No aplica

Aplicación:

Micrófono

Dispositivo: No aplica

Aplicación:

Rastrea la ubicación

Dispositivo: No aplica

Aplicación:

¿Qué se puede usar para registrarse?

Registration to Houseparty requires giving them your name, email address, birth date. Houseparty asks for your phone number but no longer requires it. Be warned, Houseparty makes it very difficult to see the option to skip giving them your phone. Make sure you look closely for the "skip" button to avoid giving them your phone number.

¿Qué datos recopila la empresa?

¿Cómo utiliza la empresa estos datos?

If you connect other products with Houseparty, their data about you can be shared with Houseparty. Social media or gaming platforms and third-party apps may give Houseparty information about you. Houseparty claims to not sell data. However, Houseparty shares data with third parties, including its vendors and the parent company, Epic Games. The data collected includes location information.

¿Cómo puedes controlar el uso de tus datos?

The retention rights are mentioned only for European and Californian residents. Moreover, the button 'Delete Account' is only available on iPhone. Users without an Apple iPhone will be required to send an email to Houseparty's support team to delete their account.

¿Qué historial tiene la compañía en cuanto a la protección de los datos de los usuarios?

Promedio

Houseparty was at the center of controversy over supposed massive data breach in March 2020, when some users claimed that their online accounts, including Spotify, Paypal, Instagram, Snapchat, Netflix, PayPal, have been compromised. Houseparty denied a data breach, claiming that the rumors are a smear campaign. The company also offered a $1 million bounty to a person who can prove a breach. It remains unclear if the breach happened.

¿El producto se puede usar sin conexión?

No aplica

¿La información de privacidad es fácil de entender?

Houseparty does have a FAQ page on its website with answers written in a simple language. This approach seems to favor Houseparty's main audience of young people.

Enlaces a información de privacidad

¿El producto cumple nuestros estándares mínimos de seguridad? Información

No

Cifrado

No se puede determinar

The privacy policy mentions no encryption at all, be it for chats or for calls.

Contraseña fuerte

No

Log-in does not require a strong password as '12345' is accepted. Calls are open not only to invited people, but also some people not in your 'friends' list.

Actualizaciones de seguridad

No se puede determinar

We found no public evidence of regular security updates for Houseparty

Gestiona las vulnerabilidades

No se puede determinar

Política de privacidad

¿El producto usa IA? Información

No se puede determinar

¿Es poco confiable esta IA?

No se puede determinar

¿Qué tipo de decisiones toma la IA acerca de ti o por ti?

¿La empresa es transparente acerca del funcionamiento de la IA?

No se puede determinar

¿Tiene el usuario control sobre las características de la IA?

No se puede determinar

*privacidad no incluida

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