Findster Duo Plus Pet Tracker

Findster Duo Plus Pet Tracker

Findster
Wi-Fi Bluetooth

Review date: Nov. 2, 2020

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Mozilla says

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People voted: Not creepy
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.
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Can it snoop on me? information

Camera

Device: No

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: No

App: Yes

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?

Findster can sell or share aggregated, de-identified data with anyone. Data is used to inform the community about trends and for marketing and promotional use. This means that Findster strips your data of personal information and then pools it with other user data and can sell it to anyone.

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?

Average

No known incidents in the last 2 years.

Can this product be used offline?

No

User-friendly privacy information?

No

Links to privacy information

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards? information

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Uses encryption in transit and at rest.

Strong password

Yes

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Privacy policy

Yes

Does the product use AI? information

Yes

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.

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


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