Amazfit Band 5

Warning: *privacy not included with this product

Amazfit Band 5

Xiaomi
Bluetooth

Review date: Nov. 2, 2020

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Mozilla says

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People voted: Super creepy
Amazfit--owned by Beijing-based Xiaomi--offers a lower cost health and fitness tracker. It tracks it all--heart rate, sleep, blood oxygen levels, stress, steps, calories, menstrual cycles, and more. It also offers Alexa voice control, which means the little band on your wrist has microphones built-in. It's cheap and feature-packed. Should you trust it? Xiaomi, the parent company of Amazfit, was recently caught secretly collecting data on some users, so buyer beware.

What could happen if something goes wrong?

Xiaomi--the company that makes the Amazfit Band--has recently come under fire when researchers found that Xiaomi was secretly collecting users' data during private web browsing and phone use. This is a huge yikes! We also had a hard time even finding the privacy policy for this fitness tracker--the privacy policy linked from the webpage only applied to the website. We only managed to find the product's privacy policy when we stumbled across it on their help pages. Another yikes. We also can't guarantee this product meets our Minimum Security Standards as the company didn't take the time to respond to our question about how they handle security vulnerabilities. All in all, we warn this band that tracks some of your most personal biometric data comes with *Privacy Not Included. Buyer beware.
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Can it snoop on me? information

Camera

Device: No

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: Yes

App: No

Tracks location

Device: Yes

App: Yes

What can be used to sign up?

What data does the company collect?

How does the company use this data?

Xiaomi may share personal information with business partners and adversising partners for marketing purposes.

How can you control your data?

You can request that data be deleted

What is the company’s known track record of protecting users’ data?

Needs Improvement

Researchers found that Xiaomi was secretly collecting users' data during private browsing sessions.

Can this product be used offline?

Yes

User-friendly privacy information?

No

Links to privacy information

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards? information

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Strong password

Yes

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Xiaomi has a bug bounty program, which means that anyone who finds a security issue and discloses it responsibly may get paid. https://hackerone.com/xiaomi?type=team

Privacy policy

Yes

The privacy policy linked from the webpage only applies to the website. The product privacy policy was finally found on their help pages.

Does the product use AI? information

Can’t Determine

Is this AI untrustworthy?

Can’t Determine

What kind of decisions does the AI make about you or for you?

Is the company transparent about how the AI works?

Can’t Determine

Does the user have control over the AI features?

Can’t Determine


News

Xiaomi, accused of tracking 'private' phone use, defends data practices
Carrie Mihalcik and Laura Hautala
Xiaomi is defending itself against accusations that it's been collecting private data from people who use its phones and web browser apps. This follows a report Thursday from Forbes that raised concerns the Chinese phone maker is collecting private data on the websites users visit as well as granular information about apps used and files opened on devices.
Exclusive: Warning Over Chinese Mobile Giant Xiaomi Recording Millions Of People’s ‘Private’ Web And Phone Use
Thomas Brewster
“It’s a backdoor with phone functionality,” quips Gabi Cirlig about his new Xiaomi phone. He’s only half-joking. Cirlig is speaking with Forbes after discovering that his Redmi Note 8 smartphone was watching much of what he was doing on the phone. That data was then being sent to remote servers hosted by another Chinese tech giant, Alibaba, which were ostensibly rented by Xiaomi.

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