iRobot Won’t Sell Your Data

Remember that story about iRobot selling data about the layout of your home? Well, there’s a new story according to ZDNet:

First things first, iRobot will never sell your data. Our mission is to help you keep a cleaner home and, in time, to help the smart home and the devices in it work better.

That’s from the desk of the CEO of iRobot. When the ZDNet reporter tried to clarify things, this tidbit popped up:

The Reuters report indicated how iRobot was in talks to sell the data. Can you respond with whether that was a misinterpretation by the reporter or a misstatement on the part of Angle? Was there, in fact, never any monetary negotiations or discussions over data?

This was a misinterpretation. [Angle] never said that iRobot would look to sell customer maps or data to other companies. iRobot has not had any conversations with other companies about data transactions, and iRobot will not sell customer data.

Yeah. Right. Sure. I’d read the entire article as it’s a very interesting exercise in backpedalling.



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