Garmin Vivosmart 4

Garmin Vivosmart 4

Review date: Oct. 23, 2019

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Mozilla says

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People voted: Somewhat creepy
Stressed out? Overwhelmed? Neck in knots? Stomach a mess? Well, here you go! This fitness tracker does all the usual fitness tracking stuff like activity, heart rate, sleep monitoring and more. This little bracelet also tracks the time interval between each heartbeat and then uses that to figure out your stress level. There’s a feature that will vibrate and remind you to take a moment to breath if your stress level gets too high. Sounds either amazing or like something the would end up buzzing on your wrist all day long telling you to relax, which only makes you more stressed out. Deep breath everyone.

What could happen if something goes wrong?

Garmin seems to do 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 with a built-in microphone that tracks your location, heart rate, sleep patterns, and more. That's a lot of personal information gathered in one place..
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Can it snoop on me? information

Camera

Device: No

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: No

App: No

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?

How can you control your data?

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

Average

Can this product be used offline?

Can’t Determine

User-friendly privacy information?

Yes

Links to privacy information

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards? information

Yes

Encryption

Yes

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

Strong password

Yes

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.

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

Does it have a privacy policy?

Does the product use AI? information

Can’t Determine

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


News

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