Reviewed September 29th, 2020
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Amazon Smart Plug

Amazon.com, Inc.
5/10

Summary

The Amazon Smart Plug allows you to control your appliances, such as lights or fans, with your phone or through an Alexa device. It can be purchased for $25.

Privacy Checklist

Does it meet our minimum privacy standards?

Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?

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Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?

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Does it use cookies, telemetry, or third-party tracking scripts?

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Is the privacy policy user-friendly (easy to understand)?

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Does it have parental controls?

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Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?

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Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?

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Does it require you to create a strong password?

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Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?

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Does it have a privacy policy?

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How Can It Snoop?

What sensitive hardware access requirements does it have?

Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?

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Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?

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Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?

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Account Requirements

What information is required to create an account or use it?

Does it require an email address to use?

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Does it require a phone number to use?

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Does it require an address (home or office) to use?

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Payment Options

What payment methods are available?

Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?

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Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?

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Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?

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Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?

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What Could Go Wrong?

What's the worst case scenario for your data?

Not much risk other than someone potentially figuring out how to control your lights. The biggest concern is that Amazon loves to collect device data and create personalized ads, and they may now know when you turn your lights on and off and what music you listen to during those times. Be aware that this device could be collecting some of this information.

How Does It Share Your Data?

Where is your data going? Who has access to it?

Amazon can use your device data to create targeted, interest-based ads. This includes data such as your browsing history and location.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Inexpensive.
  • Integrates well with other Alexa devices.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • Minor data collection concerns.
  • No compatibility with other voice assistants.
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