Passé en revue le : 8 novembre 2021
L’avis de Mozilla :
Here's a smart thermostat that can basically do it all—change the temperature, call your friends, play music, control other smart devices, and adapt to your routine. Ecobee's SmartThermostat can also do smart thermostats things like adjust the temperature from your phone, use room sensors to manage hot and cold spots, and save energy with smart algorithms. It has Amazon Alexa built in, a way to control it with a flick of your Apple Watch clad wrist, and occupancy sensors so it knows which rooms are in use and which aren't. Is it possible for a thermostat to be too smart? If so, you can get the cheaper Ecobee3 Lite and make calls from, you know, your phone. It was announced in November, 2021 that a new company, Generac, has plans to buy Ecobee. Stay tuned for what that means for your privacy.
Que pourrait-il se passer en cas de problème ?
These smart thermostats know which room you're in and if you ask Alexa a bunch of questions. There's nothing terrible about either of those things, just be aware that your thermostat could potentially know a lot about you. Any voice requests you make of Alexa through your smart thermostat (what a weird statement) will let Amazon know more about you, of course. But hey, Amazon probably knows way too much about you already.
Ecobee reportedly also stood up to Amazon when they demanded they share more user data with them. From The Verge, “...the online retail giant asked Ecobee to share data from its Alexa-enabled smart thermostats, even when the customer wasn’t actively using the voice assistant. Ecobee reportedly refused to have its devices constantly report back to Amazon about the state of the user’s home, including data on which doors were locked or unlocked and the set temperature. The reasoning being that enabling its devices to report this data to Amazon would be a violation of its customer’s trust.” Good ecobee, bad Amazon.
Ecobee does ask users if they would like to donate their anonymized data from their smart thermostat to share with energy scientists to help “design more efficient and sustainable homes.” That seems good on many fronts. Ecobee asks users to donate their data with an opt-in option to help scientists help save the planet. Again, good work ecobee!
Conseils pour vous protéger
- If you connect to Alexa, delete your historical voice recordings from time to time, by saying “delete what I just said."
Ce produit peut-il m’espionner ?
Appareil : Non
Application : Non
Appareil : Oui
Application : Non
Piste la géolocalisation
Appareil : Non
Application : Oui
Que peut-on utiliser pour s’inscrire ?
Quelles données l’entreprise collecte-t-elle ?
Name, email, phone number, address
Voice recordings (collected by Amazon)
Comment l’entreprise utilise-t-elle les données ?
Comment pouvez-vous contrôler vos données ?
Quel est l’historique de l’entreprise en matière de protection des données des utilisateurs et utilisatrices ?
No known incidents in the last 3 years.
Ce produit peut-il être utilisé hors connexion ?
Informations relatives à la vie privée accessibles et compréhensibles ?
Liens vers les informations concernant la vie privée
Ce produit respecte-t-il nos critères élémentaires de sécurité ?
All network traffic is encrypted.
Mot de passe robuste
A password is required for the web portal and mobile app.
Mises à jour de sécurité
Gestion des vulnérabilités
Ecobee runs a bug bounty program, which means that anyone who finds a security issue and discloses it responsibly may get paid.
Politique de confidentialité
Cette IA est-elle non digne de confiance ?
Quel genre de décisions l’IA prend-elle à votre sujet ou pour vous ?
Ecobee smart thermostats have a feature called eco+. It leverages AI to tailor temperature settings, transition to clean energy when available, and optimize cost savings.
L’entreprise est-elle transparente sur le fonctionnement de l’IA ?
Les fonctionnalités de l’IA peuvent-elles être contrôlées par l’utilisateur ou l’utilisatrice ?
Pour aller plus loin
Donate your dataEcobee
Amazon tried to coerce Ecobee into collecting private user data, the WSJ reportsThe Verge
Ecobee’s smart thermostat now supports Siri voice controlEngadget
The Best Smart ThermostatNew York Times
Generator company Generac announces plans to buy EcobeeCNET
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