Oura Ring

Oura Ring

Oura $299
Bluetooth

Review date: 11/02/2020

Tracking health biometrics has its merits. And wearing a watch 24/7 can be cumbersome. Oura makes a ring that tracks your health stats and aims to help you sleep better and feel better. And it seems the rich and famous--from Prince Harry to the NBA, WNBA, and NASCAR--have taken a shine to this little ring. It tracks sleep, activity like steps and calories, as well as heart rate, respiratory rate and temperature. And Oura offers up not one but four privacy policies that cover everything from the device and app to their website to a privacy policy for sharing data with your doctor, trainer, or coach. It's different, and that's a good thing.

What could happen if something goes wrong

From what we can tell, the Finnish company that makes the Oura seems to do a pretty good job with the privacy of all the personal data this little ring collects (they have four privacy policies!) Ouray says any health-related data won't be used for advertising without your explicit consent. And while they do use anonymous data for trend detection and for their benchmark data, this doesn't worry that much as it is pretty common. This device does track your biometric data closely and one reporter who reviewed it discovered it could tell when she had been drinking. So, beware of what info you could be sharing with the world if your ring's data escapes your phone.

Privacy

Can it snoop on me?

Camera

Device: No

App: No

Microphone

Device: No

App: No

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?

Average

No known incidents in the last 2 years.

Can this product be used offline?

No

User friendly privacy information?

No

Links to privacy information

Security

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Strong password

Yes

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Oura regularly tests their service, systems, and other assets for security vulnerabilities.

Privacy policy

Yes

There are 4 privacy policies for you to peruse.

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

Yes

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

Researchers from West Virginia University’s Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute and WVU Medicine set out to predict symptoms before they appear using wearable rings by Oura and AI prediction models.

Company contact info

Phone Number

No

Email

No

Twitter

ouraring

Updates

Is There Privacy with Wearables? Case Oura Ring
Joel Latto
Out of all the information we generate (willingly or unwillingly) out there, nothing gets more personal than health data. Traditionally, health data has been collecting dust in some public healthcare sector’s file cabinet, but thanks to fitness and wellness gadgets and services, that data is now scattered across the world.
This sleep-tracking ring can detect when you've drunk too much
Victoria Turk
Go to a European tech event and you will likely notice at least one attendee sporting a chunky, pewter-coloured band around one of their fingers. This is the Oura ring, a sleep tracker developed by Finland-based startup Oura Health that has become the latest craze in self-improvement wearables.
Researchers say Oura rings can predict COVID-19 symptoms three days early
Christine Fisher
One of the challenges to curbing the spread of COVID-19 is that asymptomatic individuals, or carriers, can spread the virus before they realize they are infected. In April, researchers from West Virginia University’s (WVU) Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI) and WVU Medicine set out to predict symptoms before they appear using wearable rings by Oura and AI prediction models. Now, the researchers claim their digital platform can detect COVID-19 related symptoms up to three days early with over 90 percent accuracy.

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