Fitbit Aria Air
Review date: 11/02/2020
Charts & graphs! Who doesn't love them? Especially when they're about your weight, body fat percentage, and BMI. This little WiFi and Bluetooth enabled scale will give you all the charts and graphs you want about your weight. Track in all on an app on your phone and connect it to your fitness tracker to see what happens when you walk all those steps. Just don't blame it when it doesn't tell you what you want.
What could happen if something goes wrong
This product meets our Minimum Security Standards and Fitbit seems to do a good job taking privacy and security seriously. It does send your weight, BMI, and other biometric data to an app on your phone. Although unlikely, if someone happened to get into the details of your app, they'd be able to see all those charts and graphs of your body weight and what percentage of your body is fat. Oh, and Google is in the process of buying Fitbit. What does that mean? We don't know quite yet, but it does seem that all that sensitive data Fitbit collects may be owned by Google, a company that likes to have as much data on people as possible.
Can it snoop on me?
What is required to sign up?
Third party account
What data does it collect?
Name, date of birth, gender, photo (optional)
Weight, body mass index, body fat, skeletal muscle mass, visceral fat
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?
Fitbit protects data sent between your device and the Fitbit app with strong encryption.
Fitbit devices work by being paired to a Fitbit account via the Fitbit mobile application. To create a Fitbit account, users are required to provide strong, complex, passwords during onboarding.
Updates are pushed automatically when you pair your device with the app.
Fitbit has a bug bounty program, which means that anyone who finds a security issue and discloses it responsibly may get paid.
Fitbit's privacy information is written in fairly simple language. It also has a page explaining its approach to children's privacy. Google is also working on acquiring Fitbit, with the deal pending the decision of EU antitrust regulators at the end of 2020.