Fitbit Charge 3 Tracker

Fitbit Charge 3 Tracker

Review date: 10/23/2019

If you want to hit your personal best and kick life’s butt, you’ve already wasted too much time reading this sentence. Your metabolic rate has dropped 2% lower than a sprinting cheetah. Just kidding. This GPS tracking, heart rate monitoring, stairs climbed, calories burned, swim proof fitness tracker pairs with you phone and computer to tell you if you are, indeed, kicking life’s butt.

What could happen if something goes wrong

Fitbit does a good job with privacy and security and de-identifies the data it collects so it's (hopefully) not personally identifiable. We say hopefully because, depending on the kind of data, it’s been found to be pretty easy to de-anonymize these data sets and track down an individual’s patterns, especially with location data. So, just be completely aware you are strapping on device that tracks your location, heart rate, sleep patterns, and more. That's a lot of personal information gathered in one place. Oh, and news recently broke that Google is buying Fitbit. What does that mean? We don't know quite yet, but it does seem that all that sensitive data Fitbit collects will now be owned by Google, a company that likes to have as much data on people as possible.

Privacy

Can it snoop on me?

Camera

Device: No

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: No

App: Yes

Tracks Location

Device: Yes

App: Yes

What is required to sign up?

What data does it collect?

How does it use this data?

How can you control your data?

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

Average

Can this product be used offline?

Can’t determine

User friendly privacy information?

Yes

Links to privacy information

Security

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Fitbit protects data sent between your device and the Fitbit app with encryption.

Strong password

Not applicable

Wearable devices run over a secure Bluetooth connection from a companion app. In order to use the app, an account with a strong password is required. Fitbit smartwatches are PIN protected to secure Fitbit Pay transactions.

Security updates

Yes

Updates are pushed automatically when you pair your device with the companion app.

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Fitbit has a bug bounty program, which means that anyone who finds a security issue and discloses it responsibly may get paid.

Privacy policy

Yes

Does it have a privacy policy?

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

Can’t Determine

Does the AI use your personal data to make decisions about you?

Can’t Determine

Does the company allow users to see how the AI works?

Can’t Determine

Company contact info

Phone Number

(877) 623-4997

Twitter

FitbitSupport

Updates

We read your wearable tech's privacy policy so you don't have to
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How to make sure your fitness trackers are secure
The Verge
Some tips for keeping your tracking data safe
A Google Fitbit means new possibilities and questions for the smartwatch
CNET
Google's Fitbit acquisition will lead to a new Google watch on the horizon. But will Fitbit users get their sensitive data pulled into a bigger ecosystem?
Google is buying Fitbit: now what?
The Verge
Google is buying Fitbit and the reasons why are both simple and complicated. It’s the kind of big acquisition Google has done before (more money than YouTube, less than Nest or DoubleClick), but this one seems to have struck a particular nerve. My Twitter replies are currently filled with Fitbit customers promising to go buy Apple Watches right now.

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