Roombas will Spy on You
The company that sells the Roomba autonomous vacuum wants to sell the data about your home that it collects.
What happens if a Roomba user consents to the data collection and later sells his or her home—especially furnished—and now the buyers of the data have a map of a home that belongs to someone who didn’t consent, Mr. Gidari asked. How long is the data kept? If the house burns down, can the insurance company obtain the data and use it to identify possible causes? Can the police use it after a robbery?
EDITED TO ADD (6/29): Roomba is backtracking—for now.
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