ADT Self Setup Privacy Report

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ADT Self Setup is ADT’s new DIY security system, and while its primary use is to monitor for threats to home security, it’s important to take a look at how it treats its users’ privacy.

ADT Self Setup uses adequate digital privacy measures to ensure that data transmitted to and from the system cannot be intercepted. Its cameras, which are made by Google Nest, also use encryption and secure cloud storage in addition to offering a privacy zone feature that lets users keep certain parts of the camera’s field of view from monitoring.

In terms of data logging, however, the ADT+ companion app of ADT Self Setup does record more data than necessary, including GPS information and IP address.


In Transit Yes
At rest? Yes
All network communications and capabilities? Yes

Security Updates

Automatic, regular software/ firmware updates? No
Product available to use during updates? Yes


Mandatory password? Yes
Two-Factor authentication? No
Multi-Factor authentication? No

Vulnerability Management

Point of contact for reporting vulnerabilities? Live chat support
Bug bounty program? No

Privacy Policy

Specific to device? Yes
Readable? Yes
What data they log Name or business name, home address, phone number, email address, payment information, date of birth, social security number, personal identification code. Some devices may collect audio, video, and still-image recordings from your monitoring devices, geolocation and GPS information including physical location by using satellite, cell phone tower or Wi-Fi signals. Motion detection, accelerometer activity and climate conditions surrounding your devices, monitoring ievent information, IP address, internet service provider, device data,and cookies.
What data they don’t log n/a
Can you delete your data? Yes
Third-party sharing policies Shares data with third-parties


Log camera device/ app footage Yes
Log microphone device/ app Yes
Location tracking device/ app Yes

Parental Controls

Are there parental controls? No

Company History

Any security breaches/ surveillance issues in past? No
Did they do anything to fix it? n/a

Additional Security Features

Anything like privacy shutters, privacy zones, etc.? Can set up privacy zones