Fitbit Ace 2

Fitbit Ace 2

Fitbit $69.95
Bluetooth

Review date: 11/02/2020

Motivating kids to move these days has come to this -- fitness trackers for the 6 and up crowd. Fitbit's wearable tracker for kids comes with activity and sleep tracking, 5-days of battery life, and a way for kids to customize the face. Parents get parental controls where they can track their kids activity and approve connections with friends, set-up goals and rewards for activity, and encourage competition between their siblings. Gone are the days of Dad yelling at you to get off your lazy butt and go outside! Now there's a device for that.

What could happen if something goes wrong

Fitbit does appear to take privacy and security seriously. They meet our Minimum Security Standards and Fitbit says they take extra privacy considerations for children including more limited data collection. However, the device tracks the activity and sleep of a child. Parents should ask themselves, is this information I want gathered and potentially accessible to others about my child? Also, there is a good question to be raised about teaching young children that this level of digital surveillance in their lives is OK. One more consideration. Google is in the process of buying Fitbit. What does that mean? We don't know quite yet, but it does seem that all that sensitive data Fitbit collects may be owned by Google, a company that likes to have as much data on people as possible.

Privacy

Can it snoop on me?

Camera

Device: No

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: No

App: Yes

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

Fitbit protects data sent between your device and the Fitbit app with strong encryption, using at least AES-128 and secure protocols such as TLS and DTLS.

Encryption

Yes

Fitbit protects data sent between your device and the Fitbit app with strong encryption, using at least AES-128 and secure protocols such as TLS and DTLS.

Strong password

Yes

Fitbit devices work by being paired to a Fitbit account via the Fitbit mobile application. To create a Fitbit account, users are required to provide strong, complex, passwords during onboarding.

Security updates

Yes

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

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Fitbit has a bug bounty program, which means that anyone who finds a security issue and discloses it responsibly may get paid.

Privacy policy

Yes

Does it have a privacy policy?

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

No

Company contact info

Phone Number

(844) 434-8248

Twitter

FitbitSupport

Updates

Is the clock ticking on kids smartwatches?
Kidscreen
Kids smartwatches don’t have the best reputation. The German telecommunications regulator, Federal Network Agency, banned the sale of smartwatches aimed at children and urged parents to destroy the devices, describing them as spying tools.
Should children wear fitness trackers?
Techradar
What you need to know about activity tracking for kids
How to make sure your fitness trackers are secure
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Some tips for keeping your tracking data safe
A Google Fitbit means new possibilities and questions for the smartwatch
CNET
Google's Fitbit acquisition will lead to a new Google watch on the horizon. But will Fitbit users get their sensitive data pulled into a bigger ecosystem?
Google is buying Fitbit: now what?
The Verge
Google is buying Fitbit and the reasons why are both simple and complicated. It’s the kind of big acquisition Google has done before (more money than YouTube, less than Nest or DoubleClick), but this one seems to have struck a particular nerve. My Twitter replies are currently filled with Fitbit customers promising to go buy Apple Watches right now.

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