Reviewed September 28th, 2020
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Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Company, Ltd.
9/10

Summary

The Nintendo Switch is a hybrid video game console that can be used as a home console and a portable device. It blends Nintendo's previous Wii and DS consoles into one to form one of the most flexible consoles on the market. You can play many of your favorite games on the Switch, such as The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, PokΓ©mon, and Animal Crossing, and it costs between $199 and $299 depending on the version.

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?

Not a whole lot. Nintendo does a good job with privacy, security, and parental controls. However, be aware that while Nintendo does not share your data with third parties, some of the games you play on the Switch that are made by other companies could be collecting and sharing your data.

How Does It Share Your Data?

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

Nintendo claims it does not share your Switch data with third parties for commercial or marketing purposes. However, when you play games offered by third party companies on the platform, you may share your data with those third parties.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Nintendo keeps a tight lock on user privacy, generally speaking.
  • The ability to buy game cartriges that can be played offline ensures that when you buy a Switch game, you'll always have access to it.
  • You don't need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription to use the service.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • Nintendo's online service 'Nintendo Switch Online' collects a lot of personally identifying user information that they store on their servers.
  • Some games are 'online only', meaning when the online store eventually shuts down, you'll lose the ability to download these games.
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