Well, TechShielder had a long look into what home assistant devices collect data to know more about their owner and shortlisted it down to 10. The 10 that were shortlisted included 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.
All of them collect some basic data information about their owner such as name, address, time zone, IP address, etc.
But most of them go beyond that fine line with voice recording (70%), 50% save your PFPs, 40% take videos, and 40% save a personal description of you. Your home device could know you better than your own family because 70% of them know what you buy, and what you see on the internet (50%). They also know what apps you use (40%) and all of your internet history (40%).
Out of those 10, Amazon Echo Dot devices take the top place with 43% of data collection points. The device stores a lot of personal information about a user like address personal data and online browsing history even. The device also has access to personal data like photos and videos and also keeps live video records of everything that goes around the house.
However, according to Tech Shielder, Echo Dot storing this much data makes sense because it does a lot of work too. While other devices are just thermostats and security cameras, you can you the Echo Dot to make phone calls, operate the TV, and more.
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