Garmin Vivosmart 4
Review Date 10/23/19
Stressed out? Overwhelmed? Neck in knots? Stomach a mess? Well, here you go! This fitness tracker does all the usual fitness tracking stuff like activity, heart rate, sleep monitoring and more. This little bracelet also tracks the time interval between each heartbeat and then uses that to figure out your stress level. There’s a feature that will vibrate and remind you to take a moment to breath if your stress level gets too high. Sounds either amazing or like something the would end up buzzing on your wrist all day long telling you to relax, which only makes you more stressed out. Deep breath everyone.
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..