Garmin $249.99 - 349.99
Garmin Vivoactive Series
Review Date 10/23/2019
If you're looking for a gadget that knows more about you than you know about yourself, this is it. The list of sensors on this thing includes GPS, glonass, galileo, heart rate, barometric altimeter, compass, gyroscope, accelerometer, thermometer, and something called pulse ox. All those sound super cool. super nerdy, and super all up in your business. Not only does this watch have a zillion sensors, it also handles your music, calendar, texts, has the ability to up your golf game (seriously), and even gives you a way to send an alert if you've fallen and can't get up.
Can it snoop on me?
Device: No | App: Yes
Device: No | App: No
Device: Yes | App: Yes
How does it handle privacy?
How does it share data?
With your consent, Garmin can use aggregated, de-identified data for analytics and product improvement. This means that Garmin strips your data of personal information and then pools it with other user data.
Can you delete your data?
Collects biometrics data?
Yes. It collects data about your heart rate, activity, and sleep patterns.
User friendly privacy info?
Garmin has a privacy page explaining its privacy practices in simple language.
What could happen if something went wrong
Garmin seems to do 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..