It should be obvious to most that the new generation of Roombas builds up and saves a map of your house, that is how it memorizes how to navigate your floors to vacuum them. One would also think it was obvious that this information should remain private; unfortunately iRobot does not seem to understand this. They are in discussion with Apple, Amazon and Alphabet to determine a price at which iRobot will sell them the map of the parts of your house which your Roomba has traversed. This should be somewhat disturbing to Roomba owners and likely very exciting to anyone who likes to wander univited into other people's homes. The security of the data is not likely to be difficult to overcome for a motivated and skilled individual so keep that in mind if you are shopping for a robot vacuum. You can pop by The Inquirer to read iRobot chief executive Colin Angle's bizarre response to tweets from concerned customers.
"VACUUM CLEANER COMPANY iRobot, responsible for the 'smart' Roomba vacuum, is considering doing something really dumb – selling user mapping data to companies that would hand over how your house is laid out."
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