Reviewed October 2nd, 2020
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Houseparty

Epic Games, Inc.
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Summary

Houseparty is a video call app that allows people to join calls of up to 8 people at a time, and has built-in games and integration with Snapchat. The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store.

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?

Houseparty's privacy policy is very easy to read and clearly outlines how your personal information is shared with third parties. Also, if chat rooms are left unlocked, it makes it very easy for a creep to join and talk to children. Be warned that privacy for this app is almost nonexistent.

How Does It Share Your Data?

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

Houseparty uses tracking tools and collects data through social media, third-party apps, and more. It then shares data with third parties and uses your data to target you for marketing purposes.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Easy to use.
  • Allows 8 users in a call at once.
  • Supports all platforms.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • Privacy concerns and bug bounty program.
  • Underdeveloped games.
  • No notification when chat is being recorded.
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