Review date: Nov. 8, 2021
What could happen if something goes wrong?
From what we can tell, the Finnish company that makes the Ōura does a pretty good job with the privacy of all the personal data this little ring collects. Ōura says they don’t sell or rent your personal information or share the Ōura app data with third party advertisers. This is great.
This device does track your biometric data closely. So closely, in fact, that there have been academic studies done that show data from the Ōura ring can help predict the start of covid-related symptoms and maybe even pregnancy. It’s a good thing Ōura seems to protect that data carefully. It’d be very weird for a company to know you’re pregnant before you do.
Tips to protect yourself
- Consider turning on a “Ring airplane mode” feature which allows to proactively disable all radio transmission from the ring, which causes the ring to lose connection to the app, at the moments you do not want your data be collected.
What can be used to sign up?
What data does the company collect?
Email, gender, date of birth
Heart rate, movement, sleep data, temperature, and more
Partners that you share your data with, for example, your doctor, fitness trainer, etc.
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?
No known incidents in the last 3 years.
Can this product be used offline?
While some parts of the experience require an internet connection to stream cloud-enabled content, the daily Sleep, Readiness, and Activity scores and many other features do work without an internet connection.
User-friendly privacy information?
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
Encryption in transit
You can connect different third-party AI apps. Descriptions of most machine learning-supported features are given in our blog at https://ouraring.com/blog/, together with links to publications where they exist.
Is this AI untrustworthy?
What kind of decisions does the AI make about you or for you?
Is the company transparent about how the AI works?
Does the user have control over the AI features?
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