Reviewed September 30th, 2020
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Google Chromecast

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The Google Chromecast is a device that allows you to stream video from your phone or tablet to your TV. It is also compatible with Google Home devices, and is operated by voice. The Chromecast can be purchased for $35-$69 depending on the model.

Breach History

Has there ever been a breach or data leak?


Date of last breach

January 2019

Hackers hijacked thousands of exposed Chromecast devices to warn users of the latest security flaw in the Chromecast in January of 2019. It is presumed that no personal information was exposed during this breach, however, the hackers were able to make the affected devices play any YouTube video they wanted and were able to force them to display pop-up notices.

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?

Google will know your search history and target you with ads based on it and some other personal information. Be warned that this is a risk when purchasing this product.

How Does It Share Your Data?

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

Google and partner websites may target you with ads based on your search history, location, websites and apps you have used, etc. However, Google claims your personal data is never sold to third parties.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Good streaming speed.
  • Low price.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • Privacy concerns.
  • No physical remote control.

Final Thoughts

Google is not typically the best in terms of respecting user privacy. They often use personal information to target users with ads, and Chromecasts have often be the target for hacks. This product, and Google for that matter, are not very considerate of your privacy.

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