IRobot's Data Collection Leaks Sensitive Photos
|IRobot's Data Collection Leaks Sensitive Photos
|iRobot Leaks Sensitive Photos
|Secondary Use, Exposure
|Identifying, Physical Characteristic, Family
|iRobot Contractors, IRobot
|High Risk Groups
|Embarrassment, Loss of Trust
iRobot's vacuum captured sensitive images of a user which had unknowingly spread beyond the company.
Sensitive photos captured by iRobot devices were leaked to social media platforms in Fall of 2020 by iRobot data contractors. iRobot's Roomba J7 series vacuums collected images from users' homes and sent them to an AI data labeling startup called Scale AI. These images included a woman on the toilet and a child sprawled out on the floor. While iRobot claimed that users had consented to data collection for training purposes, consumers may be unaware of the extent to which their data is being collected and used for. Despite the contractors being under a strict NDA, the images shared amongst them still spread with no information of any action taken against them.