Amazfit Powerbuds Pro

Amazfit Powerbuds Pro

Huami
Bluetooth

Review date: Nov. 8, 2021

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People voted: Very creepy

Amazfit is a Chinese brand that makes wearables like fitness trackers and these smart earbuds. And not gonna lie, these earbuds sounds kinda cool. They play music, of course, but they also monitor and track your exercise with things like speed, distance, calories burned, and heart rate. They sense when you're working out and increase the bass and beats of your music to get your butt in gear. They have noise cancellation, they're water and dust resistant, and they say their battery lasts up to 30 hours. They even offer something called "cervical spine posture reminders," which, no idea what that actually is, but, it sounds like your Mom telling you to stand up straight. Who doesn't want your Mom in a pair or earbuds? All of this happens with the help of the Zepp Health app which means beware of the app's data collection policies.

What could happen if something goes wrong?

Amazfit doesn’t inspire confidence in us when it comes to protecting their users’ privacy. First, they make it extremely hard to find the privacy policy that applies to this device. The privacy policy linked on the Amazfit website where you can shop and buy these devices has a note at the top that clearly states, the privacy policy doesn’t actually apply to Amazfit devices, which is weird. It says, “An Important Note: This Privacy Notice does not apply to any of the personal information that Huami products or services process (e.g., Amazfit products, Mi Fit, etc.).” So, you link to a privacy policy on your website that doesn’t apply to the products on your website. That’s odd. We did eventually find a link to a privacy policy on the Zepp App (formerly known as Amazfit) page in the Google Play store. Very confusing and not user-friendly at all

Second, Amazfit and the Zepp App are made by the Chinese company Huami, which also makes similar tech for Xiaomi. The privacy policy states that “HUAMI may disclose your personal data to Xiaomi or other Mi Ecosystem companies so as to provide you with and improve existing products and services.” Xiaomi is a Chinese company that came under fire in 2020 when researchers reportedly found Xiaomi was secretly collecting users' data during private web browsing and phone use.

All of this is concerning wireless earbuds that collects a whole lot of personal data on users. They do give users the option to opt out of having their personal data used for marketing, which is good. One other thing to consider. Huami is a Chinese company and clearly states in their privacy policy that “national security requests” can result in the disclosure of personal information. That raises questions about personal data being disclosed to the Chinese government that are still murky.

Tips to protect yourself

  • Be very careful who you chose to share your wellness data with.
  • Don't connect your app to any social networks like Facebook.
  • Consider using your headphones without connecting it to an app. This way, you may decrease amount of data collected
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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?

Huami may share personal information with third parties for their own marketing purposes. They do give users the option to opt out. HUAMI may disclose your personal data to Xiaomi or other Mi Ecosystem companies to provide you with and improve existing products and services.

How can you control your data?

If further processing is for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes according to the applicable laws, the data can be further retained by Huami even if the further processing is incompatible with original purposes in certain jurisdictions. In other cases, the company promises to not use data longer than needed.

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

Average

No known incidents in the last 3 years.

Can this product be used offline?

Yes

User-friendly privacy information?

No

Amazfit made it very difficult to find the correct privacy policy

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

Privacy policy

Yes

Does the product use AI? information

Yes

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?

Yes

Does the user have control over the AI features?

Can’t Determine


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