Huawei Honor Band 5

Warning: *privacy not included with this product

Huawei Honor Band 5

Huawei $35.99
Bluetooth

Review date: 11/02/2020

This fitness tracker comes from Chinese tech manufacturer Huawei and tracks all things standard fitness trackers do — heart rate, blood oxygen levels, sleeps, stress, steps, calories and more. While available in Europe, it might be hard to find these products in North America because of the ban on Huawei products in the US over privacy and security concerns. We did find that the collection and use of health-related data is not described in their privacy policy and the privacy policy link on their webpage links to an old privacy policy last updated in 2018. The support email they offer for the US is now defunct.

What could happen if something goes wrong

Huawei's technology is basically blocked in the US. Many other countries around the world have issued bans on some of its technology. What does that mean for Huawei's fitness bands that are still popular in Europe and elsewhere around the world? Huawei meets our Minimum Security Standards, which is good. Their privacy policy says they do not share personal data with other companies or organizations without legitimate interest. What counts as a legitimate interest feels open to interpretation. A flag for us was how they collect and use of health-related data is not described in the privacy policy. That's an important omission. For users in the US, the privacy policy on the web page links to an old privacy policy last updated in 2018. The Google Play store linked to a more recent privacy policy. The multiple privacy policies led our research to email what turned out to be a now defunct email address: SupportUSA@huawei.com. Not really confidence inspiring.

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 request that data be deleted.

What is the company’s known track record for protecting users’ data?

Bad

Huawei has been indicted for corporate espionage in the United States for stealing trade secrets from US companies. The Huawei CFO is being held on charges of fraud in Canada.

Can this product be used offline?

Yes

User friendly privacy information?

No

Links to privacy information

Security

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?

Yes

Encrypts data on the app and encrypts communications.

Encryption

Yes

Encrypts data on the app and encrypts communications.

Strong password

Not applicable

The device pairs securely via Bluetooth, which does not require a password.

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Huawei has a bug bounty program, which means that anyone who finds a security issue and discloses it responsibly may get paid. https://www.huawei.com/us/psirt/report-vulnerabilities

Privacy policy

Yes

The collection and use of health-related data is not described in the privacy policy. Privacy policy link on the webpage links to an old privacy policy last updated in 2018. The Google Play store linked to a more recent privacy policy. The multiple privacy policies led our research to email what turned out to be a now defunct email address: SupportUSA@huawei.com.

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

Unknown

Does the AI use your personal data to make decisions about you?

Unknown

Does the company allow users to see how the AI works?

Unknown

Company contact info

Phone Number

888-548-2934

Twitter

huaweideviceusa

Updates

Huawei ban timeline: Company sues Trump administration over documents linked to CFO's arrest
Sean Keane
Huawei is a huge telecommunications supplier and phone manufacturer, but it's a pariah in countries like the US. There's been no shortage of scrutiny of the Chinese telecom giant in recent years, and countries have been banning the use of its equipment as their 5G networks develop. Its phones are also virtually invisible in the US, despite its massive presence around the world.
UK found flaw of 'national significance' in Huawei tech, says report
Steve Ranger
UK security experts found a flaw of "national significance" while analysing technology from Chinese networking company Huawei, according to a government report. Huawei's software engineering and cybersecurity practices have been criticised in the annual report (PDF) from the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC), which was set up by the UK government and the networking giant to evaluate equipment which is to be used in UK networks.
Commerce Department Further Restricts Huawei Access to U.S. Technology and Adds Another 38 Affiliates to the Entity List
U.S. Department of Commerce
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the Department of Commerce (Commerce) today further restricted access by Huawei Technologies (Huawei) and its non-U.S. affiliates on the Entity List to items produced domestically and abroad from U.S. technology and software.
The US Hits Huawei With New Charges of Trade Secret Theft
Klint Finley
Competitors have long accused Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei of corporate espionage. Now the company is facing US federal charges over what prosecutors call a decades-long conspiracy to steal trade secrets.
Canada prosecutors say fraud at heart of Huawei CFO Meng's U.S. extradition case
Tessa Vikander
Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou returned to a Vancouver courtroom on Wednesday where Canadian prosecutors defended a U.S. extradition request, saying Meng’s alleged bank fraud is the heart of the case that has strained relations between Ottawa and Beijing.

Related products