Reviewed September 30th, 2020
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Nest Hello Video Doorbell

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4/10

Summary

The Nest Hello Video Doorbell is a smart door bell that is equipped with HD video, two-way audio, a motion sensor, infrared night vision, and 24/7 streaming capability. It allows you to speak to people at your door from your phone or computer and even allows you to leave pre-recorded messages. The Hello Video Doorbell can be purchased for $229.

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?

Nest is owned by Google, which means that the device is protected behind its security features, but is also subjected to its privacy guidelines, which allows them to target you with ads based on your interactions. Google Assistant could also be listening to conversations even when it is not in use, or sending facial recognition data to Google. Be aware of these risks before purchasing this product.

How Does It Share Your Data?

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

Nest users now must create Google accounts, which means Google can target you with ads based on your searches, location, websites and apps you have used, videos and ads you have seen, etc. However, Google claims personal data is never sold to third parties.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Great video quality.
  • Google Assistant integration.
  • Facial recognition.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • Data privacy concerns.
  • Uses significant bandwidth to upload video.
  • Requires hardwired connection.
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