Findster Duo Plus Pet Tracker
Review date: 11/02/2020
Ever go hiking with your pup out in the middle of nowhere where there is no cell service? Fun, right? Ever had them take off after a deer and disappear? Not so fun, right? This is the gadget for you. Attach one little tab to your dog's collar and the other little tab to you and you can track your frisky pup anywhere. As long as your furry friend doesn't scamper more than 3 miles away, you can keep tabs on them on an app on your phone, no cell service required. Nice! For an extra $4 a month. you can sign up for their Findster Care service that monitors your pet's activity and uses AI to help determine if there are any changes in your pet's behavior that you should be aware of.
What could happen if something goes wrong
Not a whole lot, really. Because it uses GPS-tracking rather than cell or Wi-Fi, this product seems pretty safe as far as we can tell. Findster does say the can sell or share your aggregated, de-identified data with anyone. This is a pretty common practice so most likely nothing to worry about. Although many privacy researchers will point out it is relatively easy to de-anonymize such data.
Can it snoop on me?
What is required to sign up?
Third party account
What data does it collect?
Email, name, date of birth
How does it use this data?
How can you control your data?
What is the company’s known track record for protecting users’ data?
No known incidents in the last 2 years.
Can this product be used offline?
User friendly privacy information?
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
Uses encryption in transit and at rest.
Does the product use AI?
Does the AI use your personal data to make decisions about you?
Does the company allow users to see how the AI works?
For their AI-powered vet subscription service, Findster’s AI-powered health platform considers a pet's characteristics (like breed, age or weight) together with the location and activity data collected from the Duo units to produce alerts of behaviour change and enable early detection of potential health issues.