Data protection homee
Your data belongs to you – especially as sensitive data as that from your Smart Home, this is also very important to us, and that is why we have set data protection as the center of our system architecture.
Our principle: We do not process or save anything that is not necessary for the functioning of your system. If processing or storage is necessary, this should not be attributable to you or your homee.
Here you will find everything you need to know about data protection if you use one of our homees.
Each homee works independently, which means that all data is saved locally on your homee. No one except you has access to this data, unless someone gives it directly (by login) or indirectly (by activating a feature that requires access).
In order to enable access to your homee from outside your own home network, the data is encrypted and transmitted over the Internet (via a proxy server operated by us). The data is not stored anywhere, but only transferred between your homee and the respective application (e.g. the homee apps). Our proxy server is from colobit hosted (https://www.colobit.de), you can find their data protection declaration here. (https://www.colobit.de/datenschutz/).
If you don’t want to use the proxy server, you can also operate your homee in stand-alone mode.
As soon as you have connected a homee to the Internet, it updates its time. This is important for different features (time Homeegrams, position of the sun, etc.) and security-related aspects (validity of SSL certificates, etc.). homee uses for this NTP (http://www.ntp.org) (industry standard). You can use your homee in stand-alone mode to prevent your homee from getting the correct time at NTP. Then you can transfer the time of your device to homee using the app.
Location (Brain Cube)
If you don’t want homee to use this interface, you can switch off the automatic location detection in the privacy settings.
If you create a geofence in the app for presence detection, entering and leaving the area will be reported to your homee, even if the app is in the background. The location is only stored on the device to enable the geofence function and is not transmitted at any time.
In order to show you the weather and to be able to use it in the Homeegrams, your homee must get this information from the Internet. The weather information is provided by Dark sky (https://darksky.net). So that not every homee has to get the weather data directly from Dark Sky, we operate our own weather server. Here we save the weather for certain locations. Your homee therefore only reports to our weather server with its location and then receives the weather for this location. We do not store anywhere an assignment between homee and the location. We operate our weather server at sloppy.io (https://sloppy.io/de/), you can find their data protection declaration here. (https://sloppy.io/de/privacy/).
If you don’t want your homee to get the weather data, you can simply turn off the weather feature in the privacy settings.
In the Homeegrams we offer the possibility to send webhooks. Please be aware that depending on where you send it to, data may be stored there.
Third party web services
Devices that you connect to homee via one of the radio cubes all communicate locally with your homee.
When connecting other devices (e.g. Netatmo devices), your homee may not be communicating directly with the device, but with a web service behind the respective device. If this is the case, you give homee access data to these services when adding them. If the service makes it possible (a good person should), it will not save the access data, but only an access token generated with it. With this you can withdraw access at any time from the respective service homee.
Voice assistants (Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant)
If you link one of the voice assistants to your homee, the other side (Amazon, Google) will have access to an access token to your homee. That means there is complete access to your homee. You can revoke this access in the homee app at any time by deactivating the respective service. In order to be able to connect homee and the voice assistants, data is stored in different places. When linking (oAuth) your homee ID and an access token with a short validity of one hour are stored on a server provided by us. This server is run by United Colo (http://www.unitedcolo.de/), whose data protection declaration you can find here.. (https://united-gameserver.de/impressum.html).
In order to be able to further develop homee in a targeted manner, homee (if you have activated homee beta or activated homee analytics) sends analysis data to a server provided by us. This data is anonymized and cannot be traced back to your homee. We are not interested in that at all. We collect statistics such as: How many devices are connected? Which radio protocols they use? How many Homeegrams are there?
This data helps us to be able to develop homee and the homee apps in the right direction. We host our analytics server sloppy.io(https://sloppy.io/de/), you can find their data protection declaration here. (https://sloppy.io/de/privacy/). If you do not want this, it is best not to activate homee Analytics at all – they are switched off in the factory settings. If you have switched it on and you no longer want to send it, you simply switch it off again. You can do this very easily, for example, in the privacy settings.
Since we are constantly developing homee, we have updates regularly. homee checks every day whether there is an update available. To do this, it connects to our update server. This is hosted by [United Colo] (https://www.united-gameserver.de), [you can find their data protection declaration here] (https://united-gameserver.de/impressum.html).
If there is an update, your homee receives the download link and then downloads the update. We host the updates at Amazon (AWS – https://aws.amazon.com/de/). [You can find their data protection declaration here] (https://aws.amazon.com/de/privacy/). Since the currently installed homee version is also sent during the update check, we collect statistics here on how many homees are running on which version.
In order to be able to solve a problem on your homee, it is sometimes necessary to have direct access to your homee. Of course, we cannot and do not want to activate this remotely – you have to do this yourself in the homee apps when requested. As soon as we have received the access data from you, we of course have full access to your homee (SSH). We then use it to find and solve the existing problem. If you no longer want us to have access to your homee, you can withdraw it from us at any time by switching off the support access.
If you use one of the homee apps, we collect some statistics about it. These cannot be attributed to you or your homee. For us it is important, for example, which version of the respective operating system you are using or whether your device is a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer (browser). We use this data to be able to better decide which operating systems etc. we still have to support, since they are still being used significantly. The data is stored on your server operated by us, which is hosted by Host Europe(https://www.hosteurope.de). You can find their data protection declaration here.(https://www.hosteurope.de/AGB/Datenschutzerklaerung/). We use software to collect statistics Matomo (https://matomo.org).
If you don’t want your homee app to send this data, you can switch off the Analytics app in the data protection settings.
iOS app beta
In order to be able to provide you with a beta version of the iOS app, we enter your data (name and email address) in your Apple TestFlight system upon your request.
We are happy to delete data that can be traced back to you or your homee on request. Just send an email with the subject „Deletion request“ to email@example.com
Have fun using your homee,
Your homee team