Garmin Vivoactive Series this product meets our minimum security standards
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Garmin Vivoactive Series

Review Date 10/23/19

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.
Minimum Security Standards
Uses encryption in transit and at rest. Wearable devices run over a secure BLE connection from a mobile app.
Security updates
Strong password
In order to use the app, an account with a strong password is required.
Manages vulnerabilities
Garmin has a bug bounty program.
Privacy policy

Can it snoop on me?

Yes (app)
Tracks Location
Yes (device & app)

How does it handle privacy?

How does it share data?
With user consent, may use aggregated, de-identified data for analytics and product improvement.
Can you delete your data?
Collects biometrics data?
Yes. It collects data about your heart rate, activity, and sleep patterns.
User friendly privacy info?
Links to privacy information

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..

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