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.
Can it snoop on me?
What is required to sign up?
Third party account
What data does it collect?
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How can you control your data?
What is the company’s known track record for protecting users’ data?
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 encryption.
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.
Updates are pushed automatically when you pair your device with the companion app.
Fitbit has a bug bounty program, which means that anyone who finds a security issue and discloses it responsibly may get paid.