Garmin Index Smart Scale

Garmin Index Smart Scale

Garmin $149.99
Wi-Fi Bluetooth

Review date: 11/02/2020

Let's be honest, tracking all those steps with a fitness wearable is nice. Seeing the benefits of all those steps when you take that step onto the scale is much nicer. Garmin's "smart scale with connected features" gives you a way to bring all those metrics -- weight, body mass index, body fat, skeletal muscle mass and more -- together. Pair up this WiFi and Bluetooth connect scale with the same app your Garmin fitness tracker uses and you've got all your fitness and body info right there in one place. Now get stepping.

What could happen if something goes wrong

Garmin seems to do a great job handling the privacy and security of all the personal data this smart scale collects. Garmin doesn't share or sell your data for marketing purposes. And it 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. Although unlikely, if someone happened to get into the details of your app, they'd be able to see a whole bunch of metrics about your body you might not want seen.

Privacy

Can it snoop on me?

Camera

Device: No

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: No

App: No

Tracks Location

Device: No

App: Yes

What is required to sign up?

What data does it collect?

How can you control your data?

You can choose not to sync the device with the app. You can request that data be deleted.

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

Average

No known incidents in the last 2 years.

Can this product be used offline?

Yes

User friendly privacy information?

Yes

Links to privacy information

Security

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Uses encryption in transit and at rest. All Garmin devices run over a secure Bluetooth connection from a mobile app.

Strong password

Yes

Devices connect over a secure Bluetooth connection with an app on your phone or tablet. In order to use the app, an account with a strong password is required.

Security updates

Yes

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

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Garmin doesn't have an official bug bounty program, but it invites responsible disclosure of security vulnerabilities.

Privacy policy

Yes

Garmin has a privacy summary page that highlights the high level points in a easy to read format.

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

Yes

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

No

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

Unknown

Company contact info