Review date: 11/02/2020
Getting out to exercise in 2020 hasn't been easy. Which has made Peloton's connected exercise bike a must have for those who can afford the $2,000 price tag. The networked bike comes with a 20+ inch touchscreen display which streams thousands of live or on-demand workouts. The Peloton app tracks your every drop of sweat to make sure you're burning enough calories for that creepy boyfriend (yeah Peloton, we haven't forgotten your creepy boyfriend ad last year!). We do like that Peloton took quick action to shut down the spread of Qanon conspiracy theories from their forums and leaderboards. We don't like that they had to.
What could happen if something goes wrong
It doesn't seem like there's too much that could go wrong while you're sweating away on your Peloton. Good on Peloton for not selling your personal data. And good on Peloton for working hard to remove extremist Qanon content from its forums and leaderboards. It's crazy to us that they have to, but such is the world these days. What's the worst that could happen? We suppose your roommate could access your Peloton, pretend they are you, and hurt your leaderboard status. Or maybe help your leaderboard status!
Can it snoop on me?
What is required to sign up?
Third party account
What data does it collect?
Name, email, phone number, address, age, gender
Friends you follow
How does it use this data?
How can you control your data?
What is the company’s known track record for protecting users’ data?
Peloton had a security malfunction in August 2020 that caused the cameras to transmit a 24 hr livestream instead the studios, viewable on web browsers.
Can this product be used offline?
User friendly privacy information?
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
Peloton encourages responsible security vulerability reporting. https://support.onepeloton.com/hc/en-us/articles/360024551291-Security-Compliance
Does the product use AI?
Does the AI use your personal data to make decisions about you?
Does the company allow users to see how the AI works?
Peloton is hiring a VP for AI and Computer Vision, so something AI based will be coming. https://ai-jobs.net/job/1831-vice-president-artificial-intelligence-and-computer-vision/