Warning: *privacy not included with this product
Mi Band 5
Mi--owned by Beijing-based Xiaomi--offers a lower cost health and fitness tracker. It tracks what most fitness trackers track--heart rate, sleep, stress, steps, calories, menstrual cycles, and more. Should you trust it? Xiaomi, the parent company of Mi, was recently caught secretly collecting data on some users, so buyer beware.
What could happen if something goes wrong?
Xiaomi--the company that makes the Mi Band--has recently come under fire when researchers found that Xiaomi was secretly collecting users' data during private web browsing and phone use. This is a huge yikes! And we found the "Your Rights" section of their privacy statement ito be incomplete. Another yikes. We also can't guarantee this product meets our Minimum Security Standards as the company didn't take the time to respond to our question about how they handle security vulnerabilities. All in all, we warn this band that tracks some of your most personal biometric data comes with *Privacy Not Included. Buyer beware.
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What can be used to sign up?
What data does the company collect?
Name, email, phone number, gender
Heart rate, movement, sleep data, menstrual cycle, and more
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?
Researchers found that Xiaomi was secretly collecting users' data during private browsing sessions.
Can this product be used offline?
User-friendly privacy information?
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
Xiaomi has a bug bounty program, which means that anyone who finds a security issue and discloses it responsibly may get paid. https://hackerone.com/xiaomi?type=team
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