Does this device have it's own internet connection? Does it phone home?

It isn't clear from the description whether this device has its own internet connection or whether it uses the home wireless network. Is there any information on whether it communicates with the manufacturer, and if so what data does it send? What privacy controls does it have to prevent sending unauthorized data?

ecobee3 Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat

ecobee3 Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat

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  • I can't answer the privacy controls piece, but this device uses your home wifi to communicate with the manufacturer. The manufacturer maintains a web portal where you can control the device remotely, among other things. The web portal also generates monthly reports which are obviously driven by data gathered from the home.