Reviewed October 1st, 2020
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Link AKC Smart Collar

The American Kennel Club, Inc.
4/10

Summary

The Link AKC Smart Collar is a dog collar that allows you to track your dog on your phone with Bluetooth, GPS, or cellular service. The collar can be purchased for $59.99 and requires an additional subscription for GPS and cellular tracking.

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?

Link AKC seems to share your personal data for marketing purposes, which is risky for your privacy. It is also possible that if someone hacked into the device, it could be used to track you or your pet. Be warned of these risks should you choose to purchase this product.

How Does It Share Your Data?

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

Link AKC can share your personal data with third parties for marketing purposes, and can share de-identified data with anyone. This means they can strip your data of personal information and pool it with other user data to be shared.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Intuitive app.
  • LED night light in tracker.
  • Stores images of tracked activity.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • Some privacy concerns.
  • Pricey; requires paid subscription beyond initial purchase.
  • May require additional base stations in larger houses.
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