I actually didn't think it would be such a big deal: Philips Hue wants to make registration with an account for the in-house system mandatory. I have always used Philips Hue with an account, but many of you actually don't want to. In a small survey, more than 60 percent of the participating readers said they would prefer to use the Hue system without an account.
In some comments I even read that the Philips Hue products would not have been purchased at all if there had been the obligation to create an account from the beginning. But why did Philips Hue decide to take this step in the first place?
Why Philips Hue makes the account compulsory
This is exactly what George Yianni, the inventor of Philips Hue, explains to The Verge. This is because until now, anyone with physical access to the Hue Bridge would have been able to gain complete access to the system with the push of a single button. “This approach is inadequate going forward, and we need a more robust way to identify the owner of the system and enable them to manage their system — the Hue account is how we will do this”, Yianni said.
Yianni also reiterated that after this, the use of the system will continue to work completely locally and without an active internet connection. You could also block the connection completely, for example via the router, but then of course you would no longer receive firmware updates.
At least: With the change, there should also be an option to use several Hue Bridges with only one account. It will then no longer be necessary to create a separate account with a separate email address for each bridge.
The manufacturer does not want to collect any data from you
In any case, it is clear that Philips Hue is thinking about the whole thing. Indeed, Hue creator Yianni also tells The Verge, “Previously creating an account was consent for usage data processing that we are in the process of decoupling and will be decoupled before accounts become essential — that makes sure it’s possible to create an account without sharing usage data.”
And at the end of the day, you have to consider what data Philips Hue asks for when you register: country, name and mail address. Getting a fresh email address on the web is not an issue. And you can get very creative with names and countries.