Roombas Have Been Mapping Homes — and Saving Data
The leak is coming from inside the house. Robotic vacuums haven’t just been cleaning our homes, they’ve been creating internal maps of our living spaces — and now iRobot, Roomba’s parent company, is mulling selling that data to Google, Amazon or Apple. While robotics experts say that knowing more about our homes will just help smart, interconnected devices do their jobs better, others are concerned about the erosion of privacy and iRobot’s vague terms of service. Worried owners can still turn data sharing off before the Roomba uprising begins.