Alexa knows what you look like, as does your Ring camera. And your Samsung Smart Things Hub is probably recording you right now.
TechShielder looked on(Opens in a new window) what smart home devices collect a lot to find out which ones know you the most. He narrowed the list down to 10: the Amazon Echo Dot, Chromecast with Google TV, Samsung SmartThings Hub, Nest Protect, Ring Indoor Cam, Levoit LV-PUR131S, Sonos One, TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug, Roborock S6, and Philips Hue.
Almost every device TechShielder examined collects some basic information, such as your name, address, time zone, phone number, email, IP address, location, information shared with third parties, payment information, and device type.
Amazon Echo Dot with Clock (Credit: Amazon)
But many go beyond that, with voice recording (70%), photo access (50%), video access (50%), user profile images (50%), videos (40%), and personal descriptions (40%). They know you even better than your family could when it comes to some things, since they know what you buy (70%), what you watch online (50%), apps you use (40%), all your internet searches (40%), and your personal interests (30%).
Of the 10 devices, TechShielder found that the Amazon Echo Dot with Clock hoovers up the most data points (43%).
“The Echo Dot stores personal information like our name and address, has access to our photo and video files, and stores live voice recording data,” TechShielder said. “This device collects more information about our online activity than any other device, including data such as browsing history, downloads and web searches.
“It’s also one of three devices (along with the SmartThings Hub and Chromecast) to store information about our contacts, like their name or phone number,” TechShielder said.
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However, TechShielder admitted that the amount of data collected by the Echo Dot “makes sense” since it is “one of the most versatile products in the range we have researched.” While security cameras or smart thermostats are designed to do one thing, “the Echo Dot serves more than one purpose: you can use it to make phone calls, control smart home features such as lights and indoor temperature, operate your television, and more.”
The five most data-hungry smart home devices: Chromecast with Google TV (42%), Samsung SmartThingsHub (37%), Nest Protect (34%), and Ring Indoor Cam (26%).
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