Reviewed October 1st, 2020
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Tile Mate

Tile Inc.
2/10

Summary

This little item can fit anywhere: your wallet, TV remote, keys, bags, everythin. The app lets you track your items within Bluetooth range and lets you know where they are if you lose something. There's multiple versions: a waterproof version, sticker version, super slim version, and a Pro version to meet any potential scenarios that the Tile Mate would be used in.

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?

These remote Bluetooth trackers pose an interesting situation. First, they only track within Bluetooth range which is around 200 - 400 feet. But, the Tile also has a community find feature that allows anyone with the Tile app to find your Tile and alert you. This is a good feature, but it can be used for bad purposes. In a unlikely scenario, someone could slip a Tile tracker into your possessions without you finding out, and can use the community find feature to track your location without you knowing.

How Does It Share Your Data?

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

Tile states they do not share your data with third parties for either commercial or marketing purposes.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Able to find items within Bluetooth range.
  • Does not share content with third-parties for commercial use.
  • Community Find feature that allows people in your area to help find lost items.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • Not many cons with privacy situations.
  • Tile does well to be secure and people do not need to put in much information for Bluetooth.
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