Reviewed October 1st, 2020
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Apple Airpods

Apple, Inc.


These Apple wireless earbuds are always conneceted and reliable. They know when they're in your ear, when you take them out, when you're talking, and when you're listening. They can connect to your iPhone and your Apple Watch at the same time, but not sure why? These earbuds are almost too smart for their own good. Easy to use, comfortable, and smart. A great combination for earbuds.

Breach History

Has there ever been a breach or data leak?


No known hacks or data breaches!


Privacy Checklist

Does it meet our minimum privacy standards?

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


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


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


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


Does it have parental controls?


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


Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?


Does it require you to create a strong password?


Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?


Does it have a privacy policy?


How Can It Snoop?

What sensitive hardware access requirements does it have?

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


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


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


Account Requirements

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

Does it require an email address to use?


Does it require a phone number to use?


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


Payment Options

What payment methods are available?

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


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


Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?


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


What Could Go Wrong?

What's the worst case scenario for your data?

Earbuds that are always on, connected, and always listening, may make you think there's a possibility something could go wrong. But, Apple has a pretty good record when it comes to privacy and security.

How Does It Share Your Data?

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

Apple does not share your Apple TV data with third parties for commercial or marketing purposes. All of your Siri voice requests are anonymous and Apple auto-deletes them after 6 months.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Apple security and privacy process is strong and there is a system in palce to manage vulnerabilites and regular software/hardware updates.
  • Privacy information is fairly simple and easy-to-read.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • Siri may have your voice information and requests for six months, something may happen.

Final Thoughts

Of all the big tech companies, Apple appears to take user privacy most seriously. The AirPods have never been compromised by a breach, and although Apple does collect a significant amount of information on its users, this information is never shared with third parties. Always use any products from big tech companies with caution, but Apple products should be safer than most others.

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