Osmo Explorer Starter Kit
The Osmo Explorer Starter Kit is a kit of educational and fun games that helps kids learn coding math, reading, and art. The kit works with an affiliated app, and must be paired with an iPad or Fire tablet. It can be purchased for $199.
Has there ever been a breach or data leak?
No known hacks or data breaches!
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 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?
How Can It Snoop?
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?
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?
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?
Tangible Play collects information from customers such as email address, mailing address, phone number, and credit card information. It is also unclear if the associated app uses encryption or receives regular security updates. Be aware of this risk before purchasing.
How Does It Share Your Data?
Tangible Play may share your personal information with service providers such as Google Cloud, Stripe, and Fabric. However, the company claims it will never share, sell or rent personal information with independent third parties for marketing purposes. Only de-identified data may be shared with third party advertisers.
- Cool educational games.
- Security protocols unclear.
- No narration in languages other than English.
The Osmo Explorer Starter Kit seems to be a great way for kids to learn basic STEM concepts early. However, there are some privacy concerns given it is not clear if the app is encrypted or receives security updates. The kit itself should be safe given it is mainly physical, but the app security will be dependent solely on the iPad or the Fire tablet it is installed on if there is no included encryption. Consider if you want your child having access to a potentially unsecured app.