Vivofit Jr 2 this product meets our minimum security standards
Garmin $69.99

Vivofit Jr 2

Review Date 10/23/2019

An activity tracker designed for kids. What could go wrong? These wearables for kids ages 4+ come in cool designs from Star Wars, Disney's Frozen, to Spiderman and more. They sure sound fun. That is, until kids learn parents can track not just steps, movement, and sleep but also CHORES! Garmin's Vivofit Jr 2 connects to an app via Bluetooth. The app lets parents track whether or not kids have done their chores, if they've moved for 60 minutes a day, if they actually went to sleep when they were supposed to and dole out rewards if they have. Now Mom and Dad can be Big Brother too!

Minimum Security Standards

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Overall Security Rating
4.5/5 star
Encryption
Yes
Uses encryption in transit and at rest. All Garmin wearable devices run over a secure Bluetooth connection from a mobile app.
Security updates
Yes
Updates are pushed automatically when you pair your device with the companion app.
Strong password
N/A
Wearable devices run over a secure Bluetooth connection from an app on your phone or tablet. In order to use the app, an account with a strong password is required.
Manages vulnerabilities
Yes
Garmin doesn't have an official bug bounty program, but it invites responsible disclosure of security vulnerabilities.
Privacy policy
Yes
Does it have a privacy policy?

Can it snoop on me?

Camera
Device: No | App: Yes
Microphone
Device: No | App: No
Tracks Location
Device: No | 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 Garmin strips your data of personal information and then pools it with other user data.
Can you delete your data?
Yes
Parental controls?
Yes
Collects biometrics data?
Yes
Tracks steps, active minutes, and hours of sleep
User friendly privacy info?
Yes
Garmin has a privacy page explaining its privacy practices in simple language.
Links to privacy information
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What could happen if something went wrong

Garmin does meet our minimum security standards with this product and it does come with parental controls. However, the device tracks the activity and sleep of a child. Parents should ask themselves, "Is this information I want gathered and potentially accessible to others about my child?" Also, there is a good question to be raised about teaching young children that this level of digital surveillance in their lives is OK.

How to contact the company

Updates

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Kids smartwatches don’t have the best reputation. The German telecommunications regulator, Federal Network Agency, banned the sale of smartwatches aimed at children and urged parents to destroy the devices, describing them as spying tools.
Should children wear fitness trackers?
Techradar
What you need to know about activity tracking for kids

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