Fitbit $149.95 -$169.95
Fitbit Charge 3 Tracker
Review Date 10/23/19
If you want to hit your personal best and kick life’s butt, you’ve already wasted too much time reading this sentence. Your metabolic rate has dropped 2% lower than a sprinting cheetah. Just kidding. This GPS tracking, heart rate monitoring, stairs climbed, calories burned, swim proof fitness tracker pairs with you phone and computer to tell you if you are, indeed, kicking life’s butt.
Can it snoop on me?
Device: No | App: Yes
Device: No | App: Yes
Device: Yes | App: Yes
How does it handle privacy?
How does it share data?
Fitbit can share aggregated, de-identified data with anyone. This means that Fitbit strips your data of personal information and then pools it with other user data and can share it with anyone.
Can you delete your data?
Collects biometrics data?
It collects data about your heart rate, activity, and sleep patterns.
User friendly privacy info?
Fitbit's privacy information is written in fairly simple language.
Links to privacy information
What could happen if something went wrong
Fitbit does 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. Oh, and news recently broke that Google is buying Fitbit. What does that mean? We don't know quite yet, but it does seem that all that sensitive data Fitbit collects will now be owned by Google, a company that likes to have as much data on people as possible.
How to contact the company
How to make sure your fitness trackers are secure
Some tips for keeping your tracking data safe
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Google is buying Fitbit: now what?
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.