It is convenient when a specialized robot monitors the cleanliness of the floor in the house. The first models were not very skilled, they moved randomly in search of dirt and dust, but their followers equipped them with cameras and smart sensors, allowing you to create a virtual map of the room. Bottom line – cleaning takes place efficiently and along the optimal route. Everything is wonderful, but an official statement was received by the management of the company for the production of robots that the information received by “smart” assistants will be sold. A loud statement was made by Colin Engle, he heads the iRobot company. What data can Roomba collect for subsequent sale? The car is interested in everything related to the cleaning area – the size of the rooms, what objects are and the distance between them. Colin Engle, Head of iRobot The information gathered may interest Apple, Amazon, and Google. It was with them that the iRobot management plans to conclude mutually beneficial contracts, the companies themselves declined to comment. Cards created by a robot vacuum cleaner will allow other smart gadgets to navigate better. Colin Engle noted that the sale of cards without the permission of the owner of Roomba is excluded. In addition, customers have the right to refuse to transfer any data about themselves or just not connect the vacuum cleaner to the Internet. But the founder of iRobot is sure that many will agree to the collection of data, as this will expand the functionality of smart assistants. By the way, the company already has a formal permission to collect information. This is stated in the user agreement, which is most often left unattended by buyers. Recall the history of the Unroll.me service, which sold customer data. And everything was official. The corresponding paragraph was in the user agreement (already on page 15), which no one read. When a new client was registered, the unsubscribe service promised that personal information would not be affected. It is not known how the story of robotic vacuum cleaners will end. Of course, the fact of espionage on the part of the machine is alarming. And today, a TV, a smartphone, and even a sex toy equipped with special sensors can monitor the user. And video cameras installed at home for security and having access to the network can be vulnerable.